General Dynamics Mission Systems delivered the 5,000th CM-300/350 VHF-UHF V2 radio, providing advanced, network-ready ground-to-air communications for the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) NEXCOM 2 modernization program.
These digital, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) radios provide sharp, clear communication among air traffic controllers and pilots flying in the National Airspace System (NAS). The first FAA-certified CM-300/350 V2 radios were delivered to the FAA in 2014.
The new CM-300/350 V2 radios improve communications reliability, a key factor when replacing legacy ground-to-air radios in FAA facilities and military installations, including Andrews Air Force Base, the home of Air Force One. As software-defined radios, they can be modified using software to efficiently expand communications capability within the FAA’s operational radio spectrum and ground infrastructure.
“The CM-300/350 V2 radios meet the dynamic communications requirements of air traffic control centers, commercial airports, military air stations and range installations. These digital radios can be updated by software and managed remotely to support system interoperability and reliable performance in an increasingly crowded national airspace,”said Paul Parent, vice president of Radio Programs and Products for General Dynamics Mission Systems.
The NEXCOM 2 contract, awarded to General Dynamics Mission Systems in 2012, delivers certified CM-300/350 V2 VHF and UHF radios replacing outdated, ground-to-air, air traffic control radios, some of which are almost 50 years old. The CM-300/350 VHF-UHF V2 radios are built at General Dynamics Mission Systems’ Scottsdale, Ariz., facility.