General Dynamics to Replace Legacy FAA Backup Radios Under Potential $99M Contract

General Dynamics‘ (NYSE: GD) mission systems business has secured a potential eight-year, $99 million contract to supply new transceivers to the Federal Aviation Administration for emergency ground-to-air radio communications.

The company said Thursday it will replace legacy backup radios with the URC-300E system as part of the FAA’s Emergency Transceiver Replacement program to support very and ultra high-frequency air traffic control operations.

GDMS’ software-based radio technology is designed to function in multiples without causing interference even when operating 6.5 feet apart, compared with other manpack radios that require a 50-foot distance between each device.

The URC-300E also complies with international regulatory standards such as the European Union’s Radio Equipment Directive and Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive, General Dynamics noted.

The company began delivering URC-300 transceivers to Department of Defense customers in the fourth quarter of 2020 and is seeking approval from the Federal Communications Commission for civilian use of the rugged device.

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