BAE Systems has introduced its newly developed Phoenix networking radios to help address modern day tactical communication requirements of the US Army in the battlefield.
Developed in response to the army’s request for proposal (RFP) for a non-developmental mid-tier networking vehicular radio (MNVR) solution, the Phoenix radios enable secure, jam-resistant communications between headquarters and dismounted soldier using modern networking waveforms.
BAE Systems Communications and Control Solutions vice president and general manager Joseph Senftle said the Phoenix was designed to deliver complete MNVR solutions for battlefield communications.
"With decades of experience in software-defined radio technology, BAE Systems developed the Phoenix radios with affordability, reduced size, weight, and power, as well as robust anti-jam capabilities, as top priorities," Senftle added.
Dubbed Phoenix-SC, the two-channel radio is capable of operating both wideband networking waveform (WNW) and the soldier radio waveform (SRW) for use in multiple configurations.
Demonstrating full interoperability with existing joint tactical radios, the new device helps simplify end-user training and adoption processes, as well as offering full anti-jam modes in WNW to safeguard communications in hostile environments.
Phoenix-SC radio has been designed using commercial technology and features a low size, weight, and power design to support easy integration into the existing radio space present on the army’s ground combat vehicles (GCVs).
The US Army’s MNVR programme seeks development of a new vehicle-mounted, software-defined radio system, which should be capable of hosting joint tactical radio system (JTRS) networking waveforms.
Around 800 to 1,000 MVNRs are expected to be acquired by the army under a single, two-year, firm fixed-price contract, which is to be awarded between December 2012 and January 2013.
The radios are scheduled to equip the army’s eight to ten brigade combat teams (BCTs) from 2014 onwards.
Image: The Phoenix-SC radios are capable of operating both wideband networking and soldier radio waveforms. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.