Harris equips RF-7800T with digital wireless video link

5 December 2011 (Last Updated December 5th, 2011 04:35)

Harris has integrated its RF-7800T situational awareness video receiver (SAVR) with the Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Digital Data Link (SUAS-DDL) waveform in order to receive wireless digital intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) video feeds in the battlefield.

Harris has integrated its RF-7800T situational awareness video receiver (SAVR) with the Small Unmanned Aerial Systems Digital Data Link (SUAS-DDL) waveform in order to receive wireless digital intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) video feeds in the battlefield.

The SAVR will now be able to simultaneously receive advanced encryption standard (AES) video feeds from multiple small manned and unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Harris RF Communications group president Dana Mehnert said: "Users will be able to switch easily between multiple video and data feeds, providing them with critical real-time information."

The RF-7800T SAVR is a portable, handheld and multiband receiver capable of transmitting real-time ISR video feeds from cameras present on aircraft or UAS platforms to ground forces.

The system is designed specifically for dismounted soldiers but can also be used for various vehicular and TOC-based applications.

It incorporates remotely operated video enhanced receiver (ROVER) analogue and digital technology and is able to receive about 95% of fielded downlinks from manned and unmanned aircraft including the Raven, Shadow, Predator and C-130 gunships.

The RF-7800T includes the Falcon III SCA operating environment, which allows tracking of emerging digital data link (DDL) standards through software-only upgrades and is also compatible with other Harris multiband radios such as the AN/PRC-152A and the AN/PRC-117G.

The receiver can inject streaming video into a tactical Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) thus allowing other users on the network to access video downlinks.

The SAVR can be used with a variety of antenna and display solutions based on user preference and comfort, including helmet-worn and goggle-worn displays as well as laptop computers.

The SUAS-DDL is a US Department of Defense (DoD) standard waveform that enables maximum flexibility and interoperability between small airborne UAS and control stations present on the ground.

The bi-directional and digital wireless video link allows multiple UAS to transmit video on the same frequency, thereby enabling the soldiers to monitor ISR video streams over a wide geographical area leading to enhanced command and control and operational decision-making on the battlefield.