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AUSA 2018: Into the Field!

Datron is planning field trials of its new MT-3100 vehicular/fixed base station radio

Officials from Datron have told Monch that the firm plans to commence field trials of its new MT-3100 vehicular/fixed base station tactical radio in the next 30 to 60 days. They were talking to Monch during the Association of the United States Army exhibition being held in Washington DC between 8 October and 10 October.

The MT-3100 was launched by the company at this years’ Sofex special forces exhibition held in Amman in May. The radio has an interesting architecture in that it contains a single example of the firm’s HH-3100 handheld transceiver. Datron produces the HH-3100 in two configurations; the HH-3100A which transmits across a waveband of 30 megahertz/MHz to 88MHz, and the HH-3100M transmitting across 30MHz to 512MHz waveband. When this transceiver is connected to the MT-3100 the combination forms a vehicular/fixed base radio with the MT-3100 acting at the radio’s amplifier. At the same time, the HH-3100 can be used as a standard handheld radio, with the firm stating that this architecture affords a true ‘jerk and run’ capability and effectively provides the customer with two radios in one.

The MT-3100 can be connected to a vehicle’s intercom and also includes serial interfaces and a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port which allows the connection of computer devices such as laptops, for example, carrying a battle management system. Officials from the firm continued that they are witnessing the most interest for the MT-3100 from prospective customers who want to use the transceiver as a vehicular radio, noting interest from a number of undisclosed armies, but also from paramilitary and border security forces. They continued that the firm has already completed demonstrations of the radio, with the field trials now approaching.

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