US ATC to get new portable emergency transceivers

General Dynamics C4 Systems

Tuesday, 30 March, 2021

US ATC to get new portable emergency transceivers

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has chosen General Dynamics Mission Systems to provide new URC-300E transceivers as part of its Emergency Transceiver Replacement program. The eight-year contract has a value of US$99 million if all options are exercised.

The URC-300E will replace legacy radios and provide both VHF and UHF operation for civil and military air traffic control (ATC) communications in the event of a catastrophic failure, such as a facility fire or natural disaster. It is designed to maximise RF performance and enable users to operate multiple URC-300Es as close as two metres apart without interference.

According to General Dynamics, the URC-300E, the FAA variant of the URC-300, is a software-defined platform that supports multiple waveforms for ground-to-air, line-of-sight and other mission-critical applications. It is designed with a flexible, core architecture similar to a commercial smartphone that enables additional features and functions to be added in the field via simple software upgrades as they become available.

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