Enables Use of MUOS Waveform
The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued a Type-1 certification for Rockwell Collins’ AN/PRC-162(V)1 RT-2048(C)U ground radio programme, the company announced on 26 September.
The certification validates that the radio provides protected handling of classified information up to and including Top Secret, as required for successful military operations. The AN/PRC-162 is a next-generation, two-channel ground radio, both man-portable and vehicle-mountable, that will enable US armed forces to tap into new communications capabilities, such as the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), while maintaining interoperability with legacy waveforms. An open-architecture design allows for software-upgradeable capabilities in the future.
The radio is also part of the company’s TruNet networked communications family of products, which includes ground and airborne radios, advanced networking waveforms, applications, support and services that enable ground and airborne elements to exchange critical data, images, voice and video in real time.
“The NSA certification is a big step on our journey to provide troops with the latest communications technology available for operating in a more complex, multi-domain battlespace,” commented Rockwell Collins Vice President and General Manager for Communication, Navigation and Electronic Warfare Solutions, Troy Brunk. “We’ve leveraged decades of proven experience in airborne communications to develop a ground radio that will provide users with a heightened level of situational awareness and a tactical advantage.”