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Munich/Dubai nov. 18, 2019

Keeping the skies safe via Rohde & Schwarz radios

Gripen aircraft are operating with the latest generation of radio equipment from Rohde & Schwarz.

The Gripen multirole aircraft is operating with Rohde & Schwarz MR6000R SDRs in Swedish and several export programs. (Photo: Saab)
The Gripen multirole aircraft is operating with Rohde & Schwarz MR6000R SDRs in Swedish and several export programs. (Photo: Saab)

Gripen aircraft have successfully participated in numerous exercises and air policing assignments, for example, Czech and Hungarian Air Force Gripen C/D fighter aircraft flying NATO’s Baltic Air Policing operation.

In the year 2000, Saab chose Rohde & Schwarz as radio communications supplier for Gripen fighter aircraft with software defined airborne radios (SDR). The Rohde & Schwarz SDRs are integrated in Gripen fighters in several export countries. As such, the new SOVERON AR was selected by Saab and the Brazilian Air Force to be integrated in the country’s Gripen E/F fighter aircraft.

On the world market, Rohde & Schwarz is the only provider of military airborne radios, which meet the civil aviation certification requirements of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Military aircraft can only be certified and operated without restrictions when they fulfil both military and civil requirements.

The airborne transceivers use state-of-the-art communications algorithms that were standardized throughout NATO, including the fast frequency-hopping technique SATURN (Second Generation of Anti-Jam Tactical UHF Radio for NATO), as well as optional embedded NATO cryptology. Dedicated versions are SECAN and BSI certified to allow secure communications up to NATO SECRET. By means of software downloads, the transceivers can implement important functions required during a mission. This ensures that Gripen can be used in international air space under network centric warfare conditions.

Rohde & Schwarz was selected because of its highly advanced SOVERON family of airborne SDR, as well as the aspects of ease of integration and attractive price/performance ratio,” says Stefan Pleyer, Vice President Market Segment Avionics, Rohde & Schwarz.

Rohde & Schwarz satisfies the most demanding requirements of a multitude of airborne platforms. SOVERON radios are in operation around the world and feature high reliability even under extreme environmental conditions. Almost 8,000 SDRs from the airborne transceiver family are in use worldwide on over 70 different airborne platforms.

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Rohde & Schwarz is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcast and media, aerospace | defense | security and networks and cybersecurity. The technology group's innovative communications, information and security products help industry and government customers ensure a safer and connected world. On June 30, 2019, Rohde & Schwarz had about 12,100 employees. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.14 billion in the 2018/2019 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich, Germany, and has subsidiaries in more than 70 countries, with regional hubs in Asia and America.

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