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Barrett Communications designs and manufactures a complete range of secure high-frequency (HF) and very high-frequency (VHF) tactical communication solutions that are easily adaptable to particular environments, from man-pack, to mobile vehicle and base station configurations.

The company's communication products and solutions are used worldwide across a wide range of defence personnel, including border security, paramilitary police, coast guard and national defence forces.

Customisable communications solutions for military applications

Barrett Communications provides clients with international technical support and tailored operator training through a support network.

The company also provides tailored solutions for HF radio communications systems, with a complete design and international installation capability that includes:

  • Remote HF transmitters and receivers linked by landlines or microwave
  • LAN-based control systems for remote sited HF transmitters and receivers
  • Operator consoles
  • Custom-built interfaces, control systems, operator positions
  • MIL-STD HF data systems
  • Integration of new HF equipment into existing systems
  • Turnkey mission-based installations
  • High-power transmitters for GMDSS systems
  • High-power HF email and data systems

All Barrett Communications products can be modified to suit any tactical need.

Tactical HF radio system for armed forces

The PRC-2090 Tactical HF radio system is a multi-role HF communications system that can be deployed as a 30W manpack, a 125W vehicle-mounted system or a 125W base station.

The lightweight transceiver includes an integrated automatic antenna tuner, a battery management system integrated into each Li-ion battery cartridge, all mode operation, automatic link establishment (ALE) to MIL-STD 188-141B 2G (JITC certified), optional internal MIL waveform modem with 5066 stack, encryption and frequency hopping.

The PRC-2090 HF Tactical manpack transceiver enables the user to deploy full communication capability in a variety of environments. It is designed with a demountable display that can be attached to webbing, allowing for use on-the-move, or remotely from the transceiver.

Features of the PRC-2090 include:

  • 1.6MHz to 30MHz continuous coverage
  • All modes J3E (USB, LSB), H3E (AM) J2A (CW) J2B (AFSK)
  • Fully immersible to 1m
  • Detachable display for remote extended control operation
  • Advanced tactical handset
  • Enhanced DSP noise reduction
  • Three year warranty

Available options include:

  • Internal / external high-speed data modems
  • Digital voice and data encryption 56 bit DES and 256 bit AES (subject to exported licence)
  • Rapid docking system (RDS) vehicle and base docking system

Very high-frequency tactical radio system

The PRC-2080 Tactical VHF radio system is a low-band that is lightweight, compact and high-quality. The device's basic controls and portability are specifically designed for multi-role tactical operations.

PRC-2080 has multiple levels of encryption and frequency hopping security. Analogue voice and digital unencrypted data are fitted as standard. It is available with a secure fixed frequency (FF) digital encrypted mode with a digitally encrypted free channel search (FCS) or an anti-jamming digital encrypted frequency hopping (FH) mode. It conforms with MIL-STD-810G specifications for immersion, vibration, drop and shock rating.

The PRC-2080 Tactical VHF radio system addresses five main roles, and the 5W model is hand portable for squad / platoon-level applications. The PRC-2081 25W Tactical VHF manpack suits company / battalion / brigade-level applications.

When deployed in the docking station and combined with the 50W VHF amplifier the systems can be used for in-vehicle, re-broadcast and base station applications.

Features of the PRC-2080 include:

  • Configurations:
          - PRC-2080 5W Tactical VHF hand portable
          -PRC-2081 25W Tactical VHF manpack
          -PRC-2082 50W Tactical VHF mobile
          -PRC-2083 50W Tactical VHF re-broadcast
          -PRC-2084 50W Tactical VHF base
  • DSP voice and data signal processing
  • Backward compatible with PRC-77 and other 30MHz - 88MHz communications equipment

Rapid field deployment systems (RFDS)

The Barrett RFDS (HF and VHF) is a turnkey communications system in a single case comprising radios, various power options, cabling, lighting and external connections. It is designed for simple set-up and operation in minutes.

The HF version is based on the PRC-2090 Tactical HF radio system, which provides a range of different transmission modes. It includes optional LE ALE, frequency hopping and encryption plus Barrett's 2023 internal HF modem, which in conjunction with the 2020 data system enables the transmission of email, fax and data over HF.

The VHF variant is based on the PRC-2080 Tactical VHF radio system, which has more than 2,300 channels. It has 50W output power and a number of frequency hopping and encryption options.

Features of the HF or VHF RFDS include:

  • AC and/or DC power
  • On-board 12V 33Ah battery and charging
  • HF data transmission ready
  • Multiple voice and data security options
  • Stackable transportable base station and vehicle / field deployable

About Barrett Communications

Barrett Communications provides defence professionals with tailored, simple communication solutions backed by ISO 9001: 2008 quality assurance certification.

The company is committed to continuous product development to provide sophisticated manufacturing and distribution systems.

Contact Details

Barrett Communications Pty Ltd (Head Office)
47 Discovery Drive
Bibra Lake
WA 6163
Western Australia
+61 8 9434 1700
+61 8 9418 6757

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