Rosoboronexport and NPO Angstrem unveil a Communications System

Within the scope of the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) 2017, which takes place in Abu Dhabi (UAE), Rosoboronexport and NPO Angstrem will be giving a presentation entitled “Establishing communications by means of new generation radio sets.”

Admittedly, the effectiveness of combat operations hinges on continuous and sustainable command & control. A combined-arms combat is characterized by a high degree of flow and fluidity that generates high demands for communications reliability, survivability and quality. Even higher requirements are placed on communications equipment for special units engaged in fighting against terror and law enforcement.

NPO Angstrem, a Russian research and production company specializing in tactical radio communications and secure communication technology, has developed a radio communications system around new Russian-made hardware components. The R-187-P1E Azart multi-mode portable software-defined radio (SDR) lies at its heart. The system makes it possible to establish a tactical communications subsystem and ensure protected data exchange under any conditions, including in an ECM environment.

Frequency hopping (at a hop rate of up to 20,000 hops per second) is a unique software and hardware solution embodied in the new Russian radio set. Any possibility of communications countermeasures or signal intercept / direction finding is excluded in this mode, which provides high security of the transmitted information and survivability of the communications system.

The SDR platform used in the system provides the possibility of establishing communications with radio sets of different generations that operate using different protocols and frequency bands. In addition, the R-187-P1E radio is easily integrated into the TETRA communication system that enables communications with external parties, which is especially critical during special operations conducted by special force and counter-terror units in the cities and settlements where TETRA networks are deployed.

The radio set provides simultaneous support of the GLONASS and GPS satellite navigation systems, together with a capability to locate the subscriber and exchange data in automatic or manual mode. The use of the radio set in repeater mode greatly increases the communication range, while a mobile version of the radio, the Angstrem-VE, makes it possible to establish an integrated communications system for a tactical unit with the radio exchange range of at least 500 km.

The radio set has been adopted by the Russian Armed Forces and substantiated its claimed performance and reliability in the field. It is currently in series production. Experience has shown that the Azart SDR is compatible with more than 250 types of radio equipment of various types and generations.

The presentation of the system will take place on February 20 at 13:30 in the conference hall of the Aloft Hotel, situated in the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC).

Rosoboronexport is the only state-owned arms trade company in the Russian Federation authorized to export the full range of military and dual-purpose products, technologies and services. It is a subsidiary of the Rostec Corporation. Founded on 4 November, 2000, now Rosoboronexport is one of the leading world arms exporters to the international market. Its share in Russia’s military exports exceeds 85 percent. Rosoboronexport cooperates with more than 700 enterprises and organizations in the Russian defence industrial complex. Russia maintains military technical cooperation with more than 70 countries around the world.

Rostec State Corporation is a Russian corporation founded in 2007 to promote the development, production, and export of high-tech industrial products for civil and military purposes. It is comprised of more than 700 organizations, whereof 9 holding companies presently operate in the military-industrial complex, 6 organizations are in civilian industries, and 32 are direct control organizations. Rostec’s portfolio includes famous brands such as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Kalashnikov Concern, Russian Helicopters, VSMPO-AVISMA, etc. Rostec companies are located in 60 federal subjects of the Russian Federation and supply products to the markets of over 70 countries. In 2015, Rostec’s consolidated revenues topped 1,140 billion rubles. The corporation’s average wage in 2015 was 41,000 rubles, and tax payments to budgets of all levels exceeded 160 billion rubles. According to the new Rostec strategy, the main objective of the corporation is to provide Russia with a technological advantage on highly competitive global markets. The planned investment volume for development through 2025 is 4.3 trillion rubles.