03 Oct 05. Rockwell Collins Demonstrated its advanced Network Centric Operation solutions for supporting ground warfighters to BATTLESPACE Editor, Julian Nettlefold, during AUSA. Centrepiece was a fully equipped High-Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) containing the latest in Situational Awareness, Mobile Command and Control and wide-band communications capabilities for the driver, crew member and commander. Rockwell suggested that it may bring the vehicle to the DVD 06 Exhibition at Millbrook next June
During the brief Rockwell Collins announced that it has delivered 40,000 Defense Advanced GPS Receivers (DAGR) for use by U.S. warfighters.
Building upon the company’s highly successful Precision Lightweight GPS Receiver (PLGR), with more than 200,000 units delivered worldwide, the Rockwell Collins DAGR incorporates five times the capabilities and functions of the PLGR while reducing the overall size, weight and power requirements. Rockwell Collins was selected for full-rate production of DAGRs in October 2003.
“This milestone demonstrates that Rockwell Collins is a trusted source for providing the latest technology to warfighters when they need it,” Rockwell told BATTLESPACE.
Rockwell Collins also demonstrated its multi-band, multi-mode ARC-210 radio system’s ability to allow voice communications between military aircraft and ground units and local law enforcement and first responders.
“This capability allows military and local officials to cooperate efficiently during emergency operations, enhancing public safety by allowing for quick reaction to developing events,” the company told BATTLESPACE.
The demonstrations took place between the AN/ARC-210 and a handheld radio with a frequency range up to 512 MHz, the range used by civilian authorities. Specific capabilities in the AN/ARC-210’s 400 to 512 MHz frequency band include features required for civil service/land mobile agency interoperability. Among the features are transmit and receive operations using channel spacing of 25 to 12.5 kHz; transmit modulation in compliance with Federal Communication Commission bandwidth requirements; and private line encoding and decoding of Continuous Tone Coded Squelch System sub-audible tones.
Ken Peterman of Rockwell told BATTLESPACE that the company is bidding its RT-1851(C)radio, the latest of the ARC-210 Programmable Digital Communication Systems, for an interim solution prior to the refinement of the JTRS Cluster1 airborne requirement , folloiwing weight problems encountered with the existing system. RT-1851 (C)is a fully digital transceiver, the RT-1851(C) providing unparalleled performance in the transfer of data, voice and imagery. To achieve this performance, the RT-1851(C) utilizes Rockwell Collins’ exclusive Bandwidth Efficient Advance Modulation (BEAM) technology that will provide data transfer rates up to five times faster than current rates. Raytheon and Harris wil a,lso be bidding for this requirement
Rockwell Collins told BATTLESPACE that the company had been selected by the U.S. Air Force for Phases II, III and IV of the KG-3X Cryptographic Modernization program, taking the program from system design completion through low-rate initial production and full-rate production & deployment. KG-3X Cryptographic Modernization is designed to provide the U.S. military with assured, survivable, protected and highly reliable strategic communications for airborne portions of the Minimum Essential Emergency Communications Network (MEECN) as well as the Fixed Submarine Broadcast System (FSBS).
Other capabilities shown included:
Situational Awareness – Rockwell Collins demonstrated its Driver’s Side System that provides driver’s vision enhancement, intra-convoy communication, route mapping, route monitoring, and alerting for wrong turn, vehicle status, and hazard proximity. The system is capable of downloading mission maps, frequency call lists, planned route a