Hoping to snag the U.S. Army’s Mid-Tier Networking Vehicular Radio (MNVR) contract, Northrop Grumman has announced that it is ready to commence full-rate production of its Freedom 350 radio.
“The Freedom 350 met or exceeded Army specifications at recent tests at Aberdeen Proving Grounds Md., and Fort Huachuca, Ariz., the company said. The airborne radio bridged SRW [Soldier Radio Waveform] and WNW [Wideband Networking Waveform] while transmitting live video from both a cockpit and a wing camera to ground platforms,” said a Northrop Grumman statement. “Simultaneously, precise spectrum management was demonstrated as a helmet-mounted camera sent dismounted soldier video via an SRW radio through the airborne Freedom 350 while man-pack electronic warfare equipment defeated triggers for improvised explosive devices.”
Northrop Grumman’s rivals for the MNVR contract include Harris Corp. and BAE Systems, which are fielding their own radios systems.
The contract for MNVR, a replacement for the failed Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS), is expected to be announced this month.