General Dynamics launches Badger radio

Radio with software definition of badger. (Photo: GDMS)

The new compact two-channel radio provides multi-level security for marine voice communication and data, says GDMS.

General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS) released its new software-defined radio (SDR) on Badger on August 2 during the first day of the Navy League Sea-Airspace Symposium at the National Port of Maryland.

Badger is a compact, dual-channel SDR designed to provide multiple independent levels of security for voice and data ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore communication.

It is 25% of the amount of Digital modular radio from GDMS, which provides secure communication on board USN ships and submarines.

“Badger has been developed in collaboration with our customers to meet their requirements for smaller ships and platforms,” ​​said Stan Cordana, vice president of Surface Systems at GDMS.

The company claims to be the only radio on the market with HF, VHF, UHF and SATCOM Mobile User System (MUOS) waveform capability as well as VoIP audio.

“MUOS integration significantly improves beyond the line of sight or satellite voice and data communication,” GDMS added in a statement.

The software-defined, flexible open architecture with Badger allows waveform communication, NSA-certified embedded type 1 encryption, and advanced network connectivity that can be easily integrated without redesign, the company said.

This approach allows new features and functions to be added to the SDR in place, similar to commercial smartphone updates.