Rockwell Collins to provide additional
AN/ARC-210 aircraft radios
BY John Keller
PATUXENT RIVER NAS, Md. — Military
radio communications experts at
Rockwell Collins in Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, will provide additional AN/
ARC-210 avionics radios and related
equipment for U.S. and foreign military aircraft under
terms of a $10.5 million order
announced in March.
The AN/ARC-210 Gen V programmable digital aircraft radio
from Rockwell Collins provides
two-way, multi-mode voice and
data communications over frequencies from 30 to 512 MHz,
covering UHF and VHF bands
with AM, FM, and satellite communications capabilities.
The ARC-210 radio also
includes embedded anti-jam waveforms, including Have Quick and
SINCGARS, and other data link
and secure communications features for battlefield interoperability and transfer of data, voice, and
imagery. The radios communicate
with other avionics over a MIL-
STD-1553 data bus.
This avionics radio order from
Naval Air Systems Command at
Patuxent River Naval Air Station,
Md., is a modification to a $101.1
million contract announced in
October 2014. Since then Rockwell
Collins has received seven addi-
tional orders on the original con-
tract worth $364 million.
The ARC-210 aircraft radio provides VHF close air support radio
communications on 30−88 MHz
frequencies; navigation on 108−118
MHz; air traffic control on 118−137
MHz; land mobile communications
on 137−156 MHz; and maritime
communications on 156−174 MHz.
The radios also provide aircraft
with UHF military and homeland defense communications on
225−512 MHz frequencies; and
public-safety communications on
806−824, 851−869, 869−902, and
The AN/ARC-210 Gen V program-
mable digital communication sys-
tem conforms to software-defined
radio (SDR) tenets and architec-
tures, and transfers networked
or point-to-point data, voice,
Rockwell Collins engineers
also have added a connector in
the back of the radio to allow an
Ethernet input for network-cen-tric warfare. Rockwell Collins
has supplied more than 30,000
AN/ARC-210 radios worldwide on
more than 180 different kinds
of aircraft for multiband, multi-mode communications.
The ARC-210 provides embedded,
programmable information security per the U.S. National Security
Agency Cryptographic Modernization Initiative.
Rockwell Collins will do the work
in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and should
be finished by September 2018. Í
FOR MORE INFORMATION visit
Rockwell Collins online at www.
The Rockwell Collins AN/ARC-210 aircraft radio,
shown above, is one of the most widely used pieces
of avionics in the U.S. military inventory.
rapid reconfiguring of the system
with commercial technology.
Developed by Raytheon in the
1970s, the original AN/SLQ- 32 systems employed passive radar technology for early warning, identification, and tracking of enemy threats.
Subsequent upgrades provided
an additional active capability for
simultaneous jamming of several
On this contract Lockheed
Martin will do the work in
Liverpool, N. Y.; Lansdale, Pa.;
Chelmsford, Mass.; Frankfort, N.Y.;
Hamilton, N.J.; Hauppauge, N.Y.;
Brockton, Mass.; West Yorkshire,
England; Minneapolis; Huntsville,
Ala.; and Lancaster, Pa., and will be
finished by July 2019. Í
FOR MORE INFORMATION visit
Lockheed Martin Rotary and
Mission Systems online at www.
lockheedmartin.com/us/rms, or Naval
Sea Systems Command at www.