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Rockwell Collins demonstrates software defined radio for Swedish Armed Forces

Rockwell Collins : 22 January, 2009  (New Product)
Rockwell Collins, in support of a major demonstration being conducted by the Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV), recently conducted a successful mobile, ad hoc networking demonstration of the Tactical Data Radio System (TDRS) Software Defined Radio (SDR).
The demonstration is part of a program to provide SDRs to support the Swedish Armed Forces initiative to develop a Network Based Defense structure. The SDR system consists of modular, open architecture, hardware and software components, and hosts a customized, high-data rate, networked waveform. The new waveform will provide Swedish tactical forces with a wireless, mobile, ad hoc network capable of simultaneous voice, data and video communications.

'Sweden is among the first European countries to procure deployable SDRs and begin testing,' said Bruce King, vice president and general manager of Surface Solutions for Rockwell Collins. 'One of the primary strengths of SDR technology is the ability to support interoperability by running common software across multiple hardware platforms.'

The exercise demonstrated interoperability between FlexNet™-Four and FlexNet-One radios, a joint development of Rockwell Collins and Thales, and also between FlexNet-Four and legacy Swedish radios mounted in ground vehicles.

Based on multi-band and multi-channel platforms and designed with an open architecture, the FlexNet family of radios is compliant with the Software Communication Architecture (SCA) standard and will accommodate future technology insertions or requirement upgrades. Rockwell Collins and Thales now offer a turnkey solution that takes advantage of a true software defined platform by allowing the end user to develop and download their own waveforms into the FlexNet radio.

The FlexNet family includes:

* FlexNet-One compact multi-band high capacity single-channel radio;
* FlexNet-Four versatile multi-band multi-channel radio; and
* FlexNet-Waveform high data rate ad hoc networking waveform (supported by FlexNet-One and FlexNet-Four)

With these new high data rate and ad hoc networking capabilities, the FlexNet solution dramatically increases the amount of information which can be exchanged between users, introduces new possibilities for cooperative combat engagement between different units and provides the enhanced mobility required by armed forces.
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