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Barrett Communications

HF & VHF Tactical Communications

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.

47 Discovery Drive,
Bibra Lake,
WA 6163,
Western Australia,
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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.

PRC-2090 HF Tactical Manpack
PRC-2091 HF Tactical Mobile package
PRC-2092 HF Tactical Base package including external data modem and AC power supply.
PRC-2080 5W VHF Tactical Transceiver
PRC-2081 25W VHF Tactical Manpack
PRC-2082 50W VHF Tactical Mobile Package
PRC-2083 50W VHF Tactical Re-broadcast System
PRC-2084 50W VHF Tactical Base Package
Manpack data solution, incorporates PRC-2090 manpack with internal modem and RPT5 ruggedised UMPC

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

Barrett 4050 HF SDR Transceiver for secure communications

The 4050 high-frequency (HF) software-defined radio (SDR) transceiver is the newest product in the Barrett range of HF communications equipment.

When the transceiver is combined with various Barrett products it provides highly secure data transfer, email and telephone connectivity within a HF network, the international telephone network and the internet.

The Barrett 4050 is fully interoperable with advanced digital selective calling systems. The transceiver supplies four and six digit selective call features such as remote transceiver disable capabilities, point to point and / or multipoint secure call, status calling, GPS tracking, SMS text and telephone interconnect.

The 4050 is supplied with multiple waveform options, including CLOVER 2500 and the upcoming CLOVER NG standard, along with MIL-STD-188-110A/B (STANAG 4285, 4415, 4481, 4529, 4539). These waveforms provide an unparalleled performance with ‘throughput’ rates up to and exceeding 19,200bps in combination with Barrett’s latest digital transmission software and intuitive user interface.

Barrett’s GPS interface supports connection into any NMEA 0183 external GPS receiver antenna for tracking applications, and supplies position information and emergency call features on all deployed equivalently equipped HF assets.

Barrett can supply unrivalled asset tracking performance over HF when combined with its upcoming GPS Push tracking solution.

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.

PRC-2063 HF-VHF Cross Gate

The Barrett 2063 HF-VHF Cross Gate provides seamless transfer of information from a Barrett VHF network onto a Barrett HD network without any operator interruption.

PRC-2084+ 50W Tactical VHF Base

The Barrett PRC-2084+ VHF base package provides a convenient docking station with power amplification of 50W, as well as the flexibility of dismounted communications when removed from the docking station (additional accessories are required to use the PRC-2084+ as a hand portable).

PRC-2083+ 50W Tactical VHF Re-broadcast

The Barrett PRC-2083+ 50W tactical VHF re-broadcast system is typically used to link two low-band VHF networks, providing extended range to overcome communication difficulties due to distance or terrain.

PRC-2082+ 50W VHF Tactical Mobile Package

The PRC-2082+ mobile package provides convenient docking station for the PRC-2080+ transceiver, as well as the flexibility for dismounted use when not in the vehicle (additional accessories are required to use the PRC-2080+ as a hand portable).

PRC-2092 HF Tactical Base

The Barrett PRC-2092 HF tactical base package, like the PRC-2091 mobile package, provides a convenient docking station and power amplification to 125W PEP as well as the flexibility of dismounted communications when the PRC- 2090 is removed from the docking station (additional accessories may be required).

PRC-2091 HF Tactical Mobile

The Barrett PRC-2091 HF tactical mobile package upgrades the PRC-2090 by providing a convenient vehicle docking station and transmitter power amplification to 125W PEP.

PRC-2090 HF Tactical Manpack

The Barrett PRC-2090 HF tactical manpack package is ideal for extended portable field operations providing the tactical user with effective, secure and comprehensive communications with remote sited command locations.

4050 HF SDR Transceiver

The Barrett 4050 is fully interoperable with advanced digital selective calling systems. The transceiver supplies four and six digit selective call features such as remote transceiver disable capabilities, point to point and / or multipoint secure call, status calling, GPS tracking, SMS text and telephone interconnect.

Barrett Communications

Barrett Communications offers high-frequency and very high-frequency tactical radio solutions that are intuitive and designed for field work.

HF and VHF Rapid Field Deployment Systems

Barrett Communications has developed the Rapid Field Deployment System (RFDS), which provides an easily deployable, simple to operate and very flexible high frequency (HF) or very high frequency (VHF) communications systems mounted in a single transit case.

The New Generation of HF SDR

Barrett Communications has developed a new HF Software-Defined Radio (SDR) transceiver, the Barrett 4050 HF SDR, which incorporates a new generation of technology.

Barrett Continues to Support US Federal Agency

Barrett Communications – in collaboration with Royal Communications Inc. (RCI) – has delivered High Frequency (HF) high power radio communications systems to assist in comprehensive communications coverage across the US.

8 August 2022

Barrett Expands Range of Transportable Systems

Stackable, transportable and field deployable, Barrett’s range of Rapid Field Deployment Systems (RFDS) are field proven across the globe. In addition to the 4050 RFDS system (P/N BC405801) that offers HF and UHF/VHF crossgate operations, Barrett now offers tactical Hf and VHF transceiver and amplifier systems ready mounted in 19” 5RU rugged cases.

16 June 2022

Barrett Releases New Range of Automatic HF Antenna Tuning Units

Barrett Communications is pleased to announce the release of its new range of Automatic HF Antenna Tuners (ATUs). The 4045 Automatic HF Antenna Tuner, the 4049 Automatic Tuning Mobile HF Antenna and the 411 Automatic HF Antenna Tuner have been specifically designed to interface with Barrett 4000 series transceivers.

22 April 2022

Barrett continues to support US National Security Programs

Barrett Communications USA Corp. has secured a number of new contracts and continues to work with a growing number US Government Agencies. These new contracts support Continuity of Operations Programs (COOP), as well as new special projects relating to national security. Barrett’s products and systems provide communications where traditional communications do not exist and where satellite or terrestrial coverage is compromised.

3 August 2021

Barrett Releases the 4020 HF Radio Mailbox

Based on the success of Barrett’s 2020 HF Fax and Data System, used worldwide for the past 15 years, the new 4020 HF Radio Mailbox utilises new technologies to deliver seamless IMAP synchronised email over HF Radio and onto users’ smart devices. A feature previously unavailable to the HF radio user.

6 July 2021

Barrett Delivers First Order of US Manufactured Barrett 4050 HF SDR Transceivers

The Barrett 4050 HF SDR is the first of the Barrett 4000 series products to be manufactured in the USA. The initial order for a US State Government Department follows on from ongoing relationships that both Barrett Communications USA Corp and Royal Communications, the USA Authorised Barrett Representative, have with many US state and federal government departments.

18 May 2020

Barrett Awarded Canadian DND Contract for Communications Equipment

Barrett Communications have recently been awarded a multiyear contract to supply the Canadian National Defence Department (DND) with Very High Frequency (VHF) radio communications equipment. This new contract follows on from the earlier contract awarded to Barrett in 2016.

6 November 2019

Barrett’s HF Transmitter Series Granted FCC Certification

In August 2019 Barrett Communications was advised that the Barrett 4075 500 Watt & 1000 Watt High power HF transmitter series was granted certification by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in the United States.

4 November 2019

Barrett Launches New Tracking Capability

Barrett Communications has launched the 4077 HF Map Track system. This solution provides a fully automated, scalable and independent situational awareness system for commercial, non-government, and government agencies alike.

22 July 2019

Barrett is Making a Difference in Peru

Winters in the Peruvian Andes have been progressively more extreme in recent years and Unidad 4X4 identified villages in the Yauyos province (in excess of 4,700m above sea level) which needed extra support.

11 June 2019

Barrett HF on Surveillance Boats in Remote Chilean Region

Barrett Communications has recently supplied high-frequency (HF) radio communications equipment for surveillance boats that operate in the remote and environmentally challenging Aysen región in the South of Chile.

4 April 2018

Barrett HF on Surveillance Boats in Remote Chilean Region

Barrett Communications has recently supplied high-frequency (HF) radio communications equipment for surveillance boats that operate in the remote and environmentally challenging Aysen región in the South of Chile.

19 March 2018

System Interoperability Between Barrett and Thales

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) have recently been supplied ten reconditioned Bushmaster armoured troop carrying vehicles fitted with Barrett PRC-2090 HF mobile systems and PRC-2080+ VHF mobile systems.

11 September 2017

Barrett System Integrator Supports Baker to Vegas Race

NVIS Communications, the Barrett Communications system integrator in the US, together with REDCOM Labs and Star Solutions provided high frequency (HF), LTE, satellite and mobile phone connectivity over the 120 mile Baker to Vegas law enforcement officer foot race.

13 June 2017

HF Radio Assisting Disaster Relief in Peru

In Peru, a country regularly effected by severe flooding, landslides and other natural disasters, a community of similar four-wheel drive enthusiasts, with a heart to serve those impacted by natural disasters, have come together to support aid agency efforts in remote regions throughout the country.

24 May 2017

Barrett Launches New Website

Barrett Communications is inviting visitors to explore its new website. The new site has been designed to provide a user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing customers to access detailed product information, videos and case studies.

19 May 2017

Sharing Radio Communications with the Next Generation

In May 2016 Barrett Communications supplied the Rainbow Radio League (RRL), a not-for-profit organisation in St Vincent and the Grenadines, with high-frequency (HF) and very high-frequency (VHF) radio communications equipment. Since this time they have been working to install the donated equipment at key locations among the country’s islands.

21 February 2017

Multination Email Interoperability Over HF

More than 300 military and civilian communications specialists from 21 Indo-Asia-Pacific nations came together for the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) programme known as PACIFIC ENDEAVOR, from 31 August to 11 September 2015.

25 January 2016

Barrett Awarded a $6m Contract for Central Asian Border Protection Agency

Barrett Communications, an international communications company specialising in the design and manufacture of HF and VHF communications solutions, has been awarded a $6m contract to supply HF communications equipment in various configurations to a Border Security Agency in Central Asia as part of the United States Assistance programme.

27 May 2014

Barrett at IndoDefence 2014

Barrett Communications will be represented at the upcoming IndoDefence 2014 Expo and Forum by our regional representative, PT Wahgo International.

6 January 2014

Barrett Communications: AidEX 2013 review

Every year AidEX brings together many international organisations working in the field and delivering services to the humanitarian aid sector. Barrett Communications has been a supporter of AidEX since its inception and has exhibited every year.

10 December 2013

Barrett Communications Products Used in -24°C Antarctic Practice Rescue Mission

Every year a combined training mission between the Chilean and Argentinean Armies is conducted over the north-eastern section of the Antarctic Peninsula. In September 2011, a group of six participants from the Chilean base O'Higgins and five of the Argentinean base Esperanza, faced 100km/hr winds and temperatures of -24°C in a 280km "rescue" of two scientists who had fallen into a crevasse.

26 November 2013

Barrett Communications at AIDEX 2013

Leaders in the international humanitarian and aid industry will once again come together at the upcoming AiDEX event in Brussels, Belgium from the 13-14 November 2013.

11 October 2013

Barrett Communications Continues its HF Solutions Expansion

Barrett Communications was founded in 1976 to supply communications equipment to the widely dispersed communities of the Australian Outback, which depend on high frequency (HF) radio to span the great distances involved and where telephone lines are an impractical and uneconomic solution.

29 August 2013

Barrett HF Solutions Receive NTIA Approval

Barrett Communications is pleased to announce recent certification and approval from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

10 December 2012

Barrett Communications to Attend AidEx Event

Barrett Communications will be attending the upcoming AidEx event. It is the annual humanitarian and aid event where aid development professionals come together to shape the future and facilitate improvements in the delivery of humanitarian aid and development.

16 October 2012

Interpolitex event in Moscow Russia

Barrett Communications will be represented at the upcoming Interpolitex event in Moscow Russia, by their representatives, Company Radioma and Sicom.

11 October 2012

Barrett Still Flying High After 36 Years

Over the past 36 years, Barrett Communications has transformed from developing radios for the Australian aviation industry, to designing and manufacturing communications systems for clients in over 150 countries in the humanitarian, government and defence industries.

22 May 2012

Barrett Supplies Communications to TAZAMA

Barrett Communications has supplied high frequency (HF) communications system to TAZAMA Pipeline Limited who manage the pumping of petroleum from Tanzania into land locked Zambia.

21 May 2012

HF Communications Vital in Algeria Humanitarian Effort

Barrett Communications has supplied high frequency (HF) radio communication systems and antennas to the Algerian Ambulance Service in Tinalkom, for vital humanitarian communications with the regional city of Illizi City.

11 April 2012

Barrett Releases Modules for Voice Encryption DES 256 and AES 128

Barrett Communications is pleased to release its range of internally fitted encryption modules to suit its 2000 series and PRC-2090 series manpack transceivers. The digital modules implement a proprietary mixed excitation linear predictive (MELP) vocoder at 2400bps or 1400bps and ortho

22 September 2011

Barrett Receives JITC Certification for the Barrett 2050 HF Transceiver

Barrett Communications is pleased to announce on the 25th August 2011 it has received certification from the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) for the Barrett 2050 HF mobile and base station transceiver. This certification includes conformance to the basic radio specification o

7 September 2011

Barrett Announces New 2030 HF SSB Transceiver

Barrett Communications is pleased to announce the addition of the Barrett 2030 HF transceiver to its commercial transceiver range. The 2030 features full HF frequency coverage, 30 programmable channels, 125W PEP power output, selective call and all mode operation. The Barrett

31 May 2011

Barrett Communications Gains FCC Approval for PRC-2090

Barrett Communications is pleased to announce that its flagship tactical HF manpack, the PRC-2090, has recently received FCC approval at both 30W in manpack mode and 100W when docked in its vehicle docking station. The FCC approval number is OW4-PRC2090HF.

29 March 2011

Barrett Communications Makes Updated Catalogues Available

Updated commercial HF radio and tactical HF and VHF radio catalogues are now available. By visiting our website, you can use the available links to view the catalogues in the popular and easy to use 'Flipping Book' format. To save PDF versions of any of our catalogues or broch

29 March 2011

Barrett Releases Range of Internally Fitted Encryption Modules

Barrett Communications is pleased to release its range of internally fitted encryption modules to suit its 2000 series and PRC-2090 series manpack transceivers. The digital modules implement a proprietary mixed excitation linear predictive (MELP) Vocoder at 2,400bps or 1,400bps and orth

9 December 2010

Barrett Communications Pty Ltd (Head Office)

47 Discovery Drive
Bibra Lake
WA 6163
Western Australia

Barrett Communications - Europe

Unit 9, Fulcrum 2 Victory Park
Solent Way
PO15 7FN
United Kingdom

Barrett Communications - USA

90 Office Parkway
New York 14534
United States of America

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