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Collins Aerospace SPOC Radio Lives Long – and Prospers

Open Architecture Terminal for USAF

Under an $18.9 million (€16.1 million) contract awarded last year, Collins Aerospace Systems is developing a Software Programmable Open Mission Systems (OMS) Compliant (SPOC) radio for the USAF.

The SPOC radio programme calls for an open-architecture approach to military radio development that will allow the Air Force to rapidly insert new communications waveforms, cybersecurity updates and integrate third-party software to meet mission needs. The programme has completed both preliminary and critical design reviews on time and on schedule and is ready for demonstration i9n Q1/2021, according to a company statement on 3 August.

We’ve been delivering open architecture solutions for military avionics for decades, and we’ve leveraged that expertise to develop more open, modular communications and connectivity systems that will help our customers keep pace with evolving threats and technologies,” explained Ryan Bunge, VP/General Manager, Communication, Navigation and Guidance Solutions for Collins Aerospace

The three-channel SPOC radio will be capable of operating three different radio waveforms simultaneously to maintain critical connectivity. These waveforms include Link 16, a mesh network Advanced Tactical Data Link (ATDL), Bandwidth Efficient Common Data Link (BE-CDL) and Mobile User Objective System (MUOS).

The radio will enable the Air Force to field new capabilities while maintaining connectivity to legacy systems on air and ground platforms with a single unit through the added flexibility of field reprogrammability. This consolidation of legacy systems into a single unit will reduce mission weight associated with data link and communication systems while reducing lifecycle costs.

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