BAE to Help Update USAF Airborne Radio Tech Under $176M Contract

BAE Systems has secured a $176 million contract to help the U.S. Air Force build an airborne radio system to provide airmen with an alternative communications network in satellite-denied environments.

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BAE said Thursday it will use FlexRadio’s commercial off-the-shelf technology to produce software-defined technology with anti-jamming features for USAF’s Airborne High Frequency Radio Modernization program.

The development effort will take place at a facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Dave Logan, vice president and general manager of C4ISR solutions at BAE, said the company’s radio technology is designed to support open architecture applications.

In January, the Air Force Electronic Warfare and Avionics Program Office selected BAE to build and install 2,000 high-frequency radios on multiple aircraft platforms over a five-year period.

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