Eurofighter Typhoon Uses Airborne Transceivers R&S®MR6000E to Communicate

State-of-the-Art Technology for Europe’s Most Advanced Combat Aircraft

The first tranche of the Eurofighter Typhoon program involved 148 aircraft. A further 236 aircraft will be produced for the second tranche now commissioned. Each aircraft will be equipped with two VHF/UHF airborne transceivers of the R&S®M3AR family.

The R&S®M3AR family of airborne transceivers for voice and data transmission in the frequency range from 30 MHz to 400 MHz was introduced on the market in 2000. Since that time, the R&S®M3AR product range has been continuously expanded and now includes four different series of equipment that are available in different versions. The latest member of this family is the R&S®MR6000E series, which is intended for use with the Eurofighter Typhoon.

With the R&S®M3AR software radios, numerous functions are software-implemented. The radios can be configured precisely to user requirements, whether used in helicopters, jets, transport aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Moreover, they can be upgraded to meet future requirements simply by means of software downloads.

In addition to the general performance features offered by all R&S®M3AR products, the R&S®MR6000E series for use with the Eurofighter Typhoon offers a number of special advantages:

  • High RF output power (20 W with AM/30 W with FM)
  • Control interface in accordance with STANAG 3838 (MIL-STD-1553B) and as a fiber-optic link in accordance with STANAG 3910 (optical bus)
  • Fast software-based SATURN frequency hopping
  • Integrated encryption function (COMSEC) in accordance with NATO standard

Integrated encryption conforming to the NATO standard is provided as standard in the R&S®MR6000E and available as an option for the R&S®MR6000A airborne transceiver. It offers the following advantages:

  • Voice and data encryption using NATO algorithm
  • Fast internal synchronization of frequency hopping and encryption (TRANSEC-derived COMSEC)
  • Compatible with external encryption devices (e.g. KY 57/58/ 100, ELCRODAT 4-2)

The combination of radio technology and encryption in a single unit allows a reduction in weight, dimensions and cabling. This not only offers technical advantages but is also of economic interest to aircraft integrators.

Meanwhile, Rohde&Schwarz supplies R&S®M3AR transceivers in large quantities for the Eurofighter Typhoon, Tiger, NH 90, A400M, F-16 and JAS39 Gripen platforms. Due to their outstanding features, transceivers from Rohde&Schwarz rank at the top of the world market.

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