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Software-defined Radios Selected

BAE Innovation and FlexRadio

The U.S. Air Force has selected BAE Systems, with support from FlexRadio, to provide software-defined radios for its Airborne High-Frequency Radio Modernization (AHFRM) program.

The contract, which has a value of $176 million, provides a secure alternative to satellite communication methods. “Our airborne radios are scalable and designed for open architecture applications, making them a solution that’s ready for the Air Force’s future needs,” said Dave Logan, vice president and general manager of C4ISR Solutions at BAE Systems.

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“The evolving capabilities of threats in the modern battlefield call for an extensible, modernized anti-jam solution, which our product provides.” The AHFRM solution maintains over-the-horizon communications while defeating jamming from potential threats in a drop-in compatible radio design that maximizes FlexRadio’s commercial off-the-shelf technology. Its scalability, modularity, and capacity provisions for future modernization needs and adjacent operational requirements.

BAE Systems designs, manufactures, and supplies mission-critical communication systems for the U.S. Department of Defense, allied governments, and large defence aircraft manufacturers. The company has secure, battle-proven communications solutions installed on a broad range of military airborne platforms. AHFRM development will take place at BAE Systems’ state-of-the-art facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA.

(Sources: BAE: via Keith Rawlings, RadioUser Columnist)