24 Sep 2018

US Air Force orders air traffic control radios for bases in Europe

General Dynamics Mission Systems has been awarded a five-year contract worth $23 million from the US Air Force to supply more than 140 CM-300/350 V2 Air Traffic Control (ATC) radios, replacing existing ATC radios currently operating at US Air Force in Europe locations.

The radios leverage the Federal Aviation Administration NEXCOM Segment II radio design with Internet Protocol (IP)-based networking for remote management and maintenance across ATC networks. Sharp, clear voice communication among pilots and air traffic controllers comes from its Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) operation.

The CM-300/350 V2 software-defined radios operate in ground-to-air communication systems across the United States National Airspace (NAS) and meet frequency spacing requirements needed for flying in Europe. The radios also comply with the international Air Traffic Management (ATM) VoIP standard, and will support NAS ATM ground-infrastructure modernisation efforts.

Paul Parent, a Vice President of General Dynamics Mission Systems, said: “With this order from the Air Force, communications among U.S. military air traffic controllers and pilots in Europe will be significantly improved.

“Feedback from civilian and U.S. Department of Defense air traffic controllers and pilots highlights the CM-300/350 radio’s significantly improved voice clarity and maintenance teams report the radios deliver reliability measured in years, rather than days, when compared to legacy ATC radios.”

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