Astronics Unveils Next-Gen Radio Test Solution for the Military

Astronics Test Systems (ATS) has introduced the new ATS-3100 Radio Test Set (RTS) - a revolutionary test platform that ensures flawless military radio performance when failure to communicate is not an option.

The ATS-3100 RTS enables users to test both legacy and modern military tactical radios using a single platform. Astronics integrated the most crucial features for radio test into the new ATS-3100 RTS, giving users the capability to test both airborne and ground legacy radios (e.g. SINCGARS) plus modern wideband waveforms (e.g. 117G, ANW 2, TSM) from virtually any original equipment manufacturer (OEM). The ATS-3100 RTS is the newest member of the ATS-3100 PXI Integration Platform product family.

The ATS-3100 RTS preserves investment in legacy equipment while leaving significant capacity for the addition of new technology. The new system offers a seamless transition from the legacy GRM-122 test set, providing a solution that is cost-effective, easy to maintain, and further customizable to meet individual needs. As a benchtop, software-defined platform, it serves as the perfect complement to the Astronics CTS-6010 portable tester, released in May of 2016.

Designed for maintainability, the ATS-3100 RTS features rapid, 2-hour automated calibration, allowing users to significantly reduce turnaround time and have test sets back up and running quickly. Additionally, with easy access to the two primary line-replaceable units (LRUs), mean time to repair (MTTR) reduces from hours to minutes.

The ATS-3100 RTS tests advanced radio capabilities including frequency hopping, bit error rate, error vector magnitude (EVM), and sensitivity. Additional features include:

  • Frequency range from 1 MHz to 6 GHz
  • Wide modulation bandwidth up to 200 MHz
  • Intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) and test executive
  • Compact, benchtop platform
  • Two-hour automated calibration & verification
  • Reconfigurable and expandable PXIe-based platform

Astronics Test Systems is displaying and demonstrating the new ATS-3100 RTS at AUTOTESTCON in Schaumburg, Illinois, September 11-14, 2017. For complete product details, click here.