Portable ground station will enable beyond-line-of-sight comms without satellite

DSEI 2019--LONDON. Collins Aerospace Systems (a United Technologies Corp. business unit) has launched Universal Radio Group (URG)-IV, a new wideband high frequency (HF) portable ground station that delivers high-speed data and clear digital voice beyond-line-of-sight communications without the need for satellites. The URG-IV is being shown for the first time at DSEI 2019, held this week in London.

According to information from Collins Aerospace, its new comms system is made up of the new RT-2200A wideband HF radio, the new PA-2010 power amplifier, and ancillaries housed together in a moveable package; combining capabilities like this, say company officials, enables redundancy and protects against equipment or communications failures. Troy Brunk, vice president and general manager, Communication, Navigation and Guidance Solutions for Collins Aerospace, says of the launch: “The URG-IV provides an ideal alternative for communications in areas where warfighters are facing SATCOM-denied and jammed environments. Modernized HF is an integral component of a communication system’s PACE (Primary, Alternate, Contingency, Emergency) plan and helps maintain situational awareness on the battlefield.” Attendees may visit Collins Aerospace Systems at DSEI at Stand S3-206 and S1-235.