Raytheon boosts satellite capacity for airborne radio terminals

Raytheon is tripling the satellite capacity for all AN/ARC-231 airborne radio terminals at no cost to the end-user through an upgrade to Integrated Waveform (IW) software, following successful field tests hosted by the Defense Information Systems Agency, the company said Feb. 9.

New production radios as well as the more than 5,000 currently fielded ARC-231 radios can receive the IW enhancement through a software upgrade that can be implemented in theater. This approach will have minimal effect on the deployed radios and will require minimal operator intervention, the company added.

The upgrade will provide an increase of several hundred networks for ARC-231 SATCOM users. Other benefits over the current network are improved link margin, improved voice quality and a simpler setup procedure for ARC-231 operators, Raytheon said.

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