Rohde & Schwarz to provide radiocommunications to Slovak Vipers

The Slovak Air Force has become the next customer to receive F-16 aircraft equipped with Rohde & Schwarz secure communications. (Image: Lockheed Martin)

Rohde & Schwarz will provide its AN / ARC-238 software-defined radio system to the Slovak F-16 Block 70 aircraft.

Rohde & Schwarz has been selected to provide radio communications for the F-16 Block 70 aircraft of the Slovak Air Force.

The delivery will take place as part of the collaboration between Rohde & Schwarz and Lockheed Martin.

The Slovak Air Force will receive 14 F-16 Block 70 Viper aircraft in mid-2020.

This delivery is part of the larger one $ 1.8 billion contract to acquire two single-seater and 12 two-seater F-16V Block 70/72 aircraft to replace the Slovak fleet of 12 MiG-29s.

Slovakia will also procure an R&S URTS universal radio test to increase the maintenance and service capabilities of the Air Force.

Rohde & Schwarz will provide AN / ARC-238 software-defined radio on the Viper aircraft.

The AN / ARC-238 system consists of two transceivers: a remote-controlled transceiver installed in the avionics and a transceiver in the cockpit, accessible from a local control panel.

Both transceivers cover the frequency range from 30MHz to 400MHz and support NATO’s HAVE QUICK II and SATURN frequency hopping algorithms (TRANSEC).

According to Shephard Defense Insight, The Viper aircraft has advanced avionics; radar APG-83 AESA; automatic ground collision avoidance system; central pedestal display, providing tactical images of the pilots; and extended service life of 12,000 hours.