With SOVERON AR, Rohde & Schwarz brings its latest generation of software defined airborne radios (SDAR) and network-capable waveforms to Paris Air Show. Designed to guarantee superior performance on any aircraft, fixed wing or rotary, manned or unmanned, Rohde & Schwarz' SDAR provides excellent and secure connectivity, air-to-air and air-to-ground for reliable radio communications.
SOVERON AR has a standard 30 megahertz (MHz) to 512MHz Very/Ultra High Frequency (V/UHF) waveband that is subdivided into segments of 30-88MHz (military air-to-ground/ground-to-air frequency modulated radio communications), 108-118MHz (receive only, covering VHF Omnidirectional Range navigation beacons), 118-156MHz (Air Traffic Control/ATC), 156-174MHz for maritime communications, and 225-512MHz (military air-to-air/air-to-ground/ground-to-air amplitude modulated communications).
The radio also has four guard frequencies of 40.5MHz (military air-to-ground/ground-to-air tactical distress frequency) emergency channel, 121.5MHz (international civilian air distress frequency), 158.8MHz (maritime distress frequency) and 243MHz (military distress beacon monitoring and voice communications system).
Rohde & Schwarz note that the radio can carry several waveforms including the company’s proprietary fixed, and frequency-hopping SECOS waveform carrying voice and data traffic and SOVERON WAVE.
SOVERON WAVE is a high data rate waveform that carries both voice and data, thereby offering both high and low levels of communications security with data rate trade-offs therein (the high security version of the waveform inherently imposes a reduction on data rates).
Via this waveform, the radio can carry all three members of the waveform family including the HDR-AJ-NB (HDR Anti-Jam Narrowband), which can handle 110 kilobits-per-second (kbps) across a 25 kilohertz (KHz) channel; HDR-AJ-WB (HDR Anti-Jam Wideband) that carries 630kbps across a 250KHz channel; and the HDR-WB carrying 2.1 megabits-per-second over a 500KHz channel.
This is in addition to the option of adding fixed frequency STANAGs 4204, 4205 and civil fixed frequency ED23C (civil ATC), ITU-R M.489-2 (maritime very high frequency - VHF), and EPM STANAGs 4246, 4372 – on request.
According to earlier news reports on MONCh, SOVERON WAVE supports the US SINCGARS (Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System) waveform operating across a 30-88MHz waveband, the HAVEQUICK-I/II waveform operating across a waveband of 225-400MHz, and its SATURN waveform successor (225-400MHz for air-to-air).
The company states that the radio is unique in that it can be used as the primary ATC and military communications system onboard the aircraft, and has been developed using extensive international civilian standards for certification, thus enabling an aircraft so equipped to easily navigate in both controlled civilian airspace and military environments. Rohde & Schwarz adds that the radio has been developed entirely by the company using its own funding and that it is currently on contract and being delivered to undisclosed customers.