Lightweight Tactical SDR Offers Selectable Outputs
At DSEI 2019 in London earlier this month, Australian communications specialist Barrett Communications generated significant interest in its PRC-4090, the company told MON.
The Barrett PRC-4090 is the tactical HF software-defined radio (SDR), which is the lightest military grade HF transceiver on the market at only 2.95kg, with multiple battery options offering gross operational weight from 3.95kg to 5.0kg. It is a multi-configured system offering manpack, mobile and base station configurations, with selectable power outputs of 10, 30, 125 and 150 Watts.
“The PRC-4090 is the most advanced fully software-defined transceiver and remains true to the Barrett ethos of designing transceivers that provide intuitive ease of use. The software-designed architecture enables a multi-language touch screen software interface with English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Russian as standard. We believe it offers the market an exciting new HF range and an innovative operator experience,” explained company CEO, Andrew Burt.
The unique design of the control handset incorporates a toughened 24-bit colour LCD touchscreen display and button control, customisable for use in various ambient light conditions. The transceiver can also be operated with the standard H250 handsets and tactical headsets.
Extended operation time with low RX current consumption is also an improved feature of the PRC-4090 transceiver: with current consumption of 250MA, it operates in RX only mode for up to 64 hours and RX/TX at 90/10 duty cycle for up to 21 hours.