R-390A radio receiver

Rockwell Collins has entered a teaming agreement with Tata Power’s Strategic Engineering Division (SED) to pursue the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) Software Defined Radio (SDR) programme contract.

Tata Power SED will serve as the prime contractor, while Rockwell Collins will deliver technology for the team’s offering for the programme, as per the agreement.

The partnership was announced at the Aero India 2013 exhibition in Bengaluru, India.

Rockwell Collins India managing director Ram Prasad said the agreement formalises a long-standing and positive relationship with Tata Power SED and is designed to offer an advanced air and ground connectivity to address the IAF’s communication requirements.

"The partnership was announced at the Aero India 2013 exhibition in Bengaluru, India."

"This relationship is very strategic in nature and would provide Indian defence with not only a local, within country, long-term support and maintenance provider, but also access to state-of-the-art technology," Prasad added.

Commenting on the agreement, Tata Power SED CEO Rahul Chaudhry said: "With this collaboration, we bring to India a proven hi-tech communication technology with indigenous security, platform and system engineering as a trustworthy solution."

Equipped with a digital radio architecture, the Rockwell Collins’ technology is expected to offer features, technology and growth capabilities to the air force programme.

The digital radio architecture is capable of enabling easy reprogramming with a wide range of waveforms and operating modes by making use of digital signal processing technology.

Tata and Rockwell Collins’ team, if selected for the contract, are planning to conduct the majority of the programme work in India, in an effort to accelerate delivery times and allow more responsive in-country service and support.

The SDR programme aims at development of a single flexible, high-performance and programmable hardware platform for replacement of several specialised analogue and digital hardware components, which are required to be tailor-made for each specific application.

Image: A Rockwell military R-390A radio receiver. Photo courtesy of LuckyLouie.

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