Vector Signal Transceiver for Military, Land Mobile and Avionics Applications

Astronics Corporation, a provider of advanced technologies for the global aerospace, defense, and other mission-critical industries, has released the ATS-3100 Vector Signal Transceiver-based Radio Solution (VRS), a turnkey, consolidated radio test platform for field testing of military tactical, land mobile and avionics radios.

The ATS-3100 VRS is the fifth-generation of radio test solutions from Astronics, now capable of testing emerging software-defined radio (SDR) waveforms, modern multi-band radios and legacy radios (e.g. SINCGARS) from any original equipment manufacturer (OEM). Leveraging the PXI Vector Signal Transceiver (VST) from National Instruments (NI), the platform delivers the fastest test times and widest bandwidth (up to 1 GHz) in a radio test solution, enabling high throughput, reduced mean time to repair (MTTR) and maximum uptime of critical radios in the field.

Astronics has partnered with NI on this next-gen solution for providing superior performance, wider instantaneous bandwidth, and user-programmable capability to the customers that include the military, police, firefighters and other first responders, as well as commercial pilots.

By combining Astronics’ deep industry knowledge and test program set (TPS) development expertise with NI’s instrumentation platform and technology, the partnership is accelerating the deployment of advanced tactical radio technologies to deliver the future of radio test now.

Built on the ATS-3100 PXI Integration Platform, the ATS-3100 VRS joins Astronics’ radio test family that includes the ATS-3100 RTS and the portable CTS-6010. These share a common software framework and test executive, delivering synergy from depot to field in a holistic solution. The modular architecture of the platform facilitates an upgrade path for future technology insertions, extending the life of the platform and allowing flexibility as maintenance needs change.

Military & Aerospace Electronics Magazine recently recognized the ATS-3100 VRS with an Innovators Award. Receiving gold level honors this year, this is Astronics’ third Innovators Award from the publication, where the ATS-6100 Wire Fault Tester (WFT) and the CTS-6010 Tactical Radio Test Set both received platinum honors in 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Astronics showcased its new ATS-3100 VRS at the DoD Maintenance and Logistics Exhibition in Spokane, Washington, from 9th to 10th December 2019. 

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