Rohde & Schwarz will be at the Paris Air Show 2015 to present its product highlights for secure airborne and ATC communications. For airborne platforms, the R&S MR6000A is the world’s only military transceiver that also meets civil aviation certification requirements. Rohde & Schwarz has enhanced its R&S Series4200 stationary radios with DSiT functionality for the purpose of detecting potential simultaneous transmissions in communications between the tower and the aircraft. The R&S QPS100 security scanner is another addition to the product portfolio Rohde & Schwarz will showcase under the motto “Safety meets security” at this year’s Paris Air Show.
Military aircraft can only operate freely in the world’s airspace when they meet military as well as civil certification requirements. The R&S MR6000A from the successful VHF/UHF R&S M3AR airborne transceiver family is the world’s first radio to ensure compatibility with military and civilian avionics specifications. Rohde & Schwarz successfully subjected the R&S MR6000A to development processes in line with civil avionics standards for software and hardware. The radio therefore meets civil certification requirements for Level C failure classification. Level C design assurance minimizes the risk of communications failures with air traffic control. Rohde & Schwarz radios can be equipped with a NATO-compatible data and voice encryption option supplied by Rohde & Schwarz subsidiary SIT. The integrated radio and crypto solution in a single box also saves valuable space, weight, wiring and logistical effort. In addition to integrated encryption components, Rohde & Schwarz SIT offers the ELCRODAT 4-2 (NATO) and R&S MMC3000 (non-NATO) standalone crypto solutions, which can be installed on various military platforms owing to their ruggedization.
The R&S Series4200 stationary radios from Rohde & Schwarz now enable the detection of simultaneous transmissions (DSiT) in air traffic control. The DSiT functionality is software-based, so the radios can be easily upgraded. This option makes Rohde & Schwarz the first supplier on the market to offer a solution for the problem of undetected simultaneous transmissions (USiT). The new DSiT feature uses an innovative algorithm to detect the presence of simultaneous radio calls in a transmission channel. The air traffic controller is then notified that two calls have been received. The problem of undetected simultaneous transmissions was evaluated extensively in cooperation with DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH (German air navigation service provider). Klauspeter Hauf, Head of Voice Communications Services at DFS, summarizes: "Simultaneous transmissions were regularly identified in all of the airspaces we examined. Here we found that air traffic controllers were unable to identify a significant number of these events." The DSiT functionality from Rohde & Schwarz makes it possible to minimize such risks in real time.
Rohde & Schwarz will also be exhibiting a new product that contributes to air traffic safety. The new R&S QPS100 security scanner was developed for use in security zones at airports and other facilities with access control. It detects potentially dangerous items carried on the body or in clothing. The millimeter-wave technology used in the scanner is based on the decades of expertise Rohde & Schwarz has acquired as a successful player in the area of high-frequency technology.
Rohde & Schwarz will be presenting its wide range of ATC communications and air traffic management solutions at the Paris Air Show (Le Bourget) 2015. Visit us in hall 2A, booth B286.