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Rohde & Schwarz awarded USAF T-7A avionics contract

written by Hannah Dowling | May 21, 2021

Germany-based defence electronics group Rohde & Schwarz has been selected to deliver radio technology for integration on the US Air Force’s T-7A Red Hawk fleet.

The group has been awarded a subcontract for the delivery of R&S MR6000R software defined, multiband-capable airborne transceivers for the US Air Force’s Boeing-built T-7A Red Hawk aircraft, used for advanced pilot training.

This forms part of Boeing’s $9.2 billion contract to deliver 351 T-7A aircraft, 46 simulators and associated ground equipment to replace Air Education and Training Command’s ageing fleet of T-38C Talons.

The R&S MR6000R technology has been designed to meet small size, lightweight and low power requirements, weighing less than four kilograms.

According to Rohde & Schwarz, the R&S MR6000R covers the frequency range from 30 MHz to 400 MHz and can support the NATO frequency algorithms ‘HAVE QUICK II’ for interoperability and digital fast frequency hopping standard ‘SATURN’.

“This co-operation is the culmination of years of unwavering teamwork by Boeing and Rohde & Schwarz,” Michael Hostetter, vice president, Boeing Defense & Space, Germany, said.

“Along with updated technology and performance capabilities, the T-7A will be fitted with an enhanced radio communications suite, giving it an added benefit, preparing pilots for fifth-generation aircraft.

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“We are looking forward to working with Rohde & Schwarz on this very important project, as well as future opportunities.”

Frank Dunn, president and CEO of Rohde & Schwarz USA and Canada, said the R&S MR6000R can be adjusted over time in accordance with the changing needs of the US Air Force.

“The airborne transceivers from the SOVERON radio family provide excellent RF characteristics suitable for applications in harsh military environments for all types of airborne platforms,” he said.

“As this is a software defined radio, we can adapt it for further training opportunities.”

Dr Michael Haidinger, president, Boeing Germany, Central & Eastern Europe, BeNeLux & Nordics, added, “Boeing’s extended partnership with Rohde & Schwarz is testimony to how Boeing further integrates its global operations into Germany’s aerospace fabric and partners across the Atlantic with German industry primes on cutting-edge aerospace programs.”

Article written by Charbel Kadib.

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