The Navy celebrated the delivery of ARC-210 Air Force Radio No. 50,000 to the Navy on April 5.
The ARC-210 air radio is the most widely used tactical air radio in the world, operating on more than 200 platform variants worldwide in over 50 countries. The latest version of the radio brings the latest encryption and anti-jamming technology.
Air Combat Electronics’ (PMA-209) program office effectively manages the ARC-210 program and celebrates this milestone with longtime industry partner Collins Aerospace, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
As the needs of the fleet change over the years, this radio evolved to follow suit. The ARC-210 is the standard for multi-band, multi-mode communications and plays a key role in allowing common and coalition forces to communicate in various theaters of operations around the world.
The ARC-210 radio is the first tactical radio on board to incorporate encryption and modem operation to support satellite communication in a tactical aircraft. ARC-210 radios have transmitted millions of critical messages in the air and at sea, mission after mission.
Already available in its sixth generation, the ARC-210 RT-2036 offers the latest encryption and anti-congestion technologies, as well as next-generation integrating network forms.
The ARC-210 radio has the widest frequency range of any tactical radio on board and includes those used by civilian first responders, allowing communication interoperability by military and national guard aircraft in emergencies such as hurricane relief and forest fire fighting.
“I am extremely proud of the Collins government and team to have reached this stage, but more importantly, they have continued to provide this critical capability to the fleet,” said Captain Margaret Wilson, PMA-209 program manager. “The ARC-210 is programmable software defined on the radio that allows us to maintain a hardware configuration while adding new capabilities through software updates,” Wilson said.
PMA-209 is NAVAIR’s executive agent for the development and management of advanced electronic air combat systems. Established in 1988, this program office is responsible for providing critical capabilities to the fighter in the form of common, fully developed, maintained and reliable systems that are in line with the strategic and operational requirements of our PEO clients. PMA on the platform.