Tactical, mobile PacStar Radio Chassis speed and simplify the bridging of analog radio and IP communications at the edge of the battlefield
Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division, a leading developer and supplier of advanced Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) communications solutions for the US Department of Defense (DoD), has expanded its support for deployed DoD, civilian, and coalition partner radio systems with a rugged chassis family designed to speed and simplify the integration and deployment of heterogeneous radio types. Available in three- and four-radio configurations, the new PacStar Radio Chassis are COTS-based, modular, tactical and expeditionary, rugged radio, voice, and IP-integrated solutions. The chassis use radio brackets (available off the shelf or custom designed if required) to support a wide array of radio integration use cases, including legacy Radio Over Internet Protocol (RoIP) integration, mobile ad hoc network (MANET) integration, and tactical data link interoperability. PacStar Radio Chassis can be used with the PacStar 463 RoIP module to cross-band radios to eliminate communications gaps caused by using disparate radio systems in military and homeland defense operations.
“A common hurdle, whether in the battlefield or during first responder civil operations, is the communications gap that results from the use of multiple different radio types in the field,” said Chris Wiltsey, Senior Vice President, and General Manager, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions division. “Our new PacStar Radio Chassis expands the existing PacStar Modular Radio Center to solve that problem by easing and speeding the deployment of disparate radio types in a compact, rugged common enclosure, with support for the most popular DoD and civilian radios. Whether a public emergency where police, fire, and other services need to talk with each other or at the tactical edge where our warfighters need to communicate with coalition forces, radio interoperability helps to ensure mission success.”
The new PacStar Radio Chassis share the exact external dimensions as Curtiss-Wright’s popular PacStar 400-Series Smart Chassis. They can populate one half of a PacStar Standardized A-Kit/Vehicle Envelope (SAVE)-compatible enclosure or any other PacStar 400-Series mounting and transport solutions for person-carry, vehicle mount, or tactical semi-fixed applications. The chassis can be used standalone or to extend the capabilities of a PacStar Modular Radio Center (MRC) system, leveraging the PacStar MRC’s PacStar 463 RoIP/Voice module to translate disparate radio types and provide voice gateway services to tactical IP networks.
Curtiss-Wright has established partnerships with leading suppliers to extend the capability of its deployed radio solutions. For example, a PacStar Radio Chassis can leverage a PacStar 463 running SCI TOCNET inside the PacStar MRC or pair with a PacStar 451 server running REDCOM Sigma or Motorola WAVE. Applications include analog-to-RoIP use cases such as voice convergence, network extension, and radio cross-banding. The PacStar Radio Chassis can also integrate MANET radios into tactical IP networks for inter-team and WAN access. The chassis can also support translating multiple tactical data link (TDL) formats between ground/air/sea assets.
Wide Range of Configuration Options
Three compact PacStar Radio Chassis variants are currently available, including the PacStar Powered 4-Radio Chassis, PacStar Powered 3-Radio Chassis, and PacStar Unpowered 4-Radio Chassis. The powered chassis include a single-slot integrated power system. The rugged, high-capacity power supply runs on a wide range of worldwide AC or DC power, providing power to radios via user-accessible rugged cabling in the rear of each chassis. PacStar Unpowered Radio Chassis is intended to host additional radios while receiving their power from a powered PacStar Radio Chassis or PacStar MRC system.
PacStar Radio Brackets
PacStar Radio Brackets are custom-designed to mount compatible tactical or civilian radios, including backup batteries and connectors for voice and data ports. PacStar Radio Brackets are removable from the PacStar Radio Chassis while radios operate, utilizing integrated backup batteries. Brackets, sold separately and now available, include the ViaSat BATS-D AN/PRC-161 handheld Link 16 radio, the Persistent Systems MPU5 handheld Radio, and the L3Harris AN-PRC-163 handheld radio. PacStar Radio Brackets are currently in development for various additional radio types, including the AN/PRC-167, AN/PRC-148C, Silvus StreamCaster, DTC SDR-H2, and TrellisWare TW-900.