Collins Aerospace demonstrates unique capabilities of new highly flexible two-channel airborne networking radio to U.S. DoD

  • New TruNet™ AR-2000 airborne radio doubles the available channels to the warfighter for increased flexibility on the battlefield
  • Uses 95 percent of existing hardware for low risk and cost-effective implementation

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Aug. 1, 2019) – Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), recently demonstrated the increased flexibility and bandwidth of its new TruNet™ AR-2000 two-channel, software-defined networking airborne radio to members of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD). The AR-2000 features dual internal power amplifiers that eliminates the need for external power amplification or external cooling. This reduces the size, weight, and power requirements for installation on target platforms such as tactical helicopters, Command and Control (C2) aircraft and larger unmanned aircraft.

With a software-defined architecture, the AR-2000’s capabilities are mission adjustable through software reload. This design approach also allows the radio to adapt and grow with the changing threat environment by incorporating new waveforms as they emerge. The flexibility means the radio can support existing waveforms such as the Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System (SINCGARS), as well as address future requirements including networking.

“The AR-2000 is the latest example of our TruNet radio architecture, which has been designed for both airborne and ground radio applications,” said Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager, Communication, Navigation and Guidance Solutions for Collins Aerospace. “This provides our customers with a low risk, reliable and cost-effective approach to crypto modernization and multi-channel advanced networking operations no matter what the mission is.”

The demonstration of the AR-2000 provided simultaneous operation of two networks that connected both Collins Aerospace and other DoD inventory radios. One channel operated a multi-node networking waveform with shared voice, data, and video, while the second channel operated using the SINCGARS waveform.

About Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp., is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the extensive capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and broad expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit CollinsAerospace.com.

About Raytheon Technologies

Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With 195,000 employees and four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

Collins Aerospace’s new TruNet™ AR-2000 two-channel, software-defined networking airborne radio doubles the available channels to the warfighter for increased flexibility on the battlefield.

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