Navy orders shipboard radios from General Dynamics for surface warships and submarines

SAN DIEGO, August 5, 2015 U.S. Navy ship communications experts are sending a $ 29 million order from General Dynamics Corp to provide AN / USC-61 (C) digital modular ship radios for warships and submarines.

Officials from the Space and Marine Combat Systems Command (SPAWAR) in San Diego announced on Tuesday a change in the contract of the General Dynamics Mission Systems segment in Scottsdale, Arizona, for the continued production of digital modular radios AN / USC-61 (C) (DMR). ), initially sparing components and related supplies and services.

The General Dynamics AN / USC-61 (C) radio allows surface ships and submarines to communicate on high frequency (HF), ultra high frequency (UHF) line of sight, UHF satellite communication (SATCOM) and very high frequency (VHF) frequencies.

This contract includes options that can bring the total value of the contract to $ 300 million.

AN / USC-61 (C) is marine software defined radio (SDR) this has become the standard for the US military. The compact multi-channel DMR provides several different waveforms and multi-level information security for voice and data communication.

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Software-defined radio waves are computer programs that allow SDR-enabled radios to operate in different bands with different encryption and cybersecurity features. AN / USC-61 (C) operates on the Navy surface ships, submarines and other military platforms using frequencies from 2 MHz to 2 GHz.

General Dynamics is DMR certified for transmitting voice and data protection to multiple independent security levels (MILS) over HF, VHF, UHF and SATCOM channels and to withstand the effects of electromagnetic interference and other severe operating conditions.

The DMR is also certified by the Joint Interoperability Testing Team (JITC) to meet U.S. Government MIL-STD-188-181B / 182A / 183A requirements for UHF SATCOM.

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General Dynamics built AN / USC-61 (C) using open architecture standards. The radio includes built-in type 1 encryption; built-in red / black switching and routing of the main band; implementation of a joint site; reduced labor requirements; single control point for radio frequencies HF / VHF / UHF / SATCOM; and built-in test (BIT).

Under this modification contract, General Dynamics will work in Scottsdale, Arizona; Vista, California); and Johnstown, PA, and should be completed by September 2017.

For more information, contact General Dynamics Mission Systems online at, or SPAWAR on