Wireless Communications: HCR

Combining high-capacity, long range, interoperability and full-band frequency hopping ECCM to suit various deployment scenarios

The HCR is a small form-factor, highly ruggedized tactical radio that delivers high-bandwidth throughput over long distances using point-to-point microwave wireless technology. The radio’s dramatic increase in bandwidth capability over previous generation radios is expected to accelerate the adoption of handheld devices and next-generation applications at the tactical edge, a key trend within many militaries around the world. The new radio’s much smaller form factor requires fewer assets to deploy and less logistical support than previous generation HCLOS radios, providing users with secure voice, data, video and sensor backhaul communications in difficult,  hard to reach, operating environments.

The HCR incorporates and improves on the best features of the battle-proven Ultra Electronics, TCS AN/GRC-245 and AN/GRC-512 radios to form a new platform that can perform multiple roles.  The single box mast mount radio supports the roles of a High-Capacity Line-of-Sight (HCLOS) radio relay, including spectrum efficiency and long range waveforms, as well as a true full-band Electronic Counter Counter Measure (ECCM) radio relay. Therefore, it effectively provides two radio types in a single common platform, enabling each relay vehicle to quickly mix and match each mode to suit battlefield conditions.  As a Software-Defined Radio (SDR), the HCR’s unique architecture facilitates technology insertions while allowing for interoperability with legacy platforms, including the Ultra AN/GRC-245 and AN/GRC-512 radios.