Viasat has used state-of-the-art frequency converter from NuWaves Engineering for the development of the VRG-1000, an Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) Flight Environment Generator. The ConvertaWave2 down-converter from NuWaves utilizes its unmatched RF frequency conversion abilities to enable the VRG-1000 to operate wirelessly — converting the system's L-Band operating frequency down to a 70 MHz IF signal that has been band-limited to one of five user-selectable IF bandwidths between 500 kHz and 10 MHz.
The VRG-1000 replicates a crowded airspace, enabling organizations to perform realistic Identification, Friend or Foe testing. It provides a true-to-life lab environment to reduce flight test time and overall flight testing costs. The Viasat VRG-1000 uses state-of-the-art technology to provide a precise, realistic simulation environment. It is a portable RF flight test generator and uses an intuitive graphical interface and multiple, simultaneous interactive interrogators or transponders to simulate a true flight experience. The VRG-1000 leverages a computer-generated motion program to provide accurate attenuation and delay of signals. It can mimic real-time coherent RF messaging in dense, dynamic signal environments and uses KIV-77 cryptographic equipment for encoding Mode 4 and Mode 5 IFF systems.
Viasat is a private sector partner and a national asset to the U.S. Department of Defense and coalition military forces. It invests heavily in Independent Research & Development, enabling the U.S. to rapidly develop and deploy the security, connectivity, and defense communications warfighters need to help address current and emerging threats — with the goal of bringing their servicemen and women home safely. Viasat and NuWaves combine a strong defense heritage with their commercial business practices to create a company unlike any other. They surround the veterans, engineers, technologists, and support staff with a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, agile defense technology development, and non-traditional business models to empower them to push the limits of innovation.
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