RTX signs licensing deal with Hanwha to manufacture TruNet AR-1500 tactical radios in South Korea

Collins Aerospace, an RTX business, has signed a licensing agreement with South Korean company Hanwha Systems to manufacture airborne tactical radios in South Korea as part of a Second-generation Anti-jam Tactical UHF Radio for NATO waveform (SATURN) upgrade program.
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The TruNet AR-1500 is an internationally available networked communications airborne radio (Picture source: Collins Aerospace)

The TruNet AR-1500 is an internationally available networked communications airborne radio. The TruNet AR-1500 single-channel radio evolved from the proven AN/ARC-210/Talon advanced communication technologies. It is part of the TruNet networked communications solution family, which includes ground and handheld radios, advanced networking waveforms, apps, ancillaries and services. The solution offers a fully exportable software-defined radio receiver-transmitter, securing connectivity between ground and airborne elements across the entire battlespace, and supporting the latest edition of SATURN waveform.

"The SATURN waveform upgrade, as part of this deal, will increase support of a modern, connected battlespace, and will provide the South Korean Armed Forces the latest anti-jam technologies, which are critical to mission-readiness, safety, and interoperability with allies," said Ryan Bunge, vice president and general manager of Resilient Navigation Solutions, Collins Aerospace. "We're moving past obsolescence and offering a more secure solution."

SATURN is an anti-jam, hopping waveform that was developed as a replacement for existing anti-jam waveforms. Collins will support Hanwha Systems as a sub-contractor as part of the licensing agreement for the TruNet AR-1500 airborne tactical radios.

Defense News October 2023