Collins Aerospace Brings Next-gen Software Defined Radio to Five Eye and NATO Nations

  • Most technologically capable airborne radio available to international warfighter
  • Features anti-jam technology, embedded high power output and modernized cryptology
Paris June 13, 2022 Photo(s): By Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace’s next generation software-defined airborne communication system – ARC 210 Gen6 – is now authorized for delivery to Five Eye and NATO nations. The world’s most advanced airborne radio in the market features the latest anti-jam technology, satellite capability (MUOS), embedded high-power output, and the latest modernized cryptology for enhanced situational awareness and seamless communications in challenging/contested environments.

The ARC-210 Gen6 integrates a next-generation networking capability, and variants can be reprogrammed and customized as needed without sacrificing performance or security. It also expands its market-leading frequency range from 30 MHz (Tactical VHF) to 1850 MHz (L-band). Variants of ARC-210 are the most widely fielded airborne military V/UHF radio in the world, with more than 50,000 delivered units operating on more than 200 platforms in over 50 countries. The ARC-210 Gen6 is now available through Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to authorized countries.

Collins’ international variant of this architecture — the AR-1500 — is deployed across the globe with customers in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. Fully software defined, the AR-1500 provides the same frequency range and RF performance as the ARC-210 Gen6, but with a selection of waveforms and capabilities unique to the direct commercial sale (DCS) market, including electronic protection and embedded cryptography. It also features AES256 embedded encryption.

“The ARC-210 family of radios has enabled millions of critical messages to be exchanged for more than 25 years, providing U.S. and allied military forces with reliable and secure communications when it’s most essential,” said Ryan Bunge, vice president and general manager, Communication, Navigation and Guidance Solutions for Collins Aerospace. “It is fully software-defined to bring tomorrow’s technologies to the battlespace today and deliver the latest in SATCOM, encryption and anti-jam technologies, ensuring customers’ mission success now and as requirements advance in the future.”

Collins has been the market leader in airborne military communications for more than 25 years. The company delivers advanced and reliable communication technology so customers have intelligent, cross-domain connectivity for their most important missions.