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Case Study: Future-Forward Radio Capabilities for Aging Aircraft

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CASE STUDY Platforms like the F-16 fighter require modernized communication management frameworks to handle upcoming expanded SATCOM capabilities. EXPLORE OUR COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT UNITS AERIAL DOMINANCE AND THE NEED TO COMMUNICATE The F-16 Fighting Falcon is used by the armed services of 25 nations, can travel at Mach 2, and delivers its payload with extreme accuracy. The versatile jet debuted in 1978, the same year as the dot matrix printer and 5.25-inch floppy disks. Although the aircraft platform—like personal computing equipment— has undergone numerous electronic and performance improvements since, it needed to meet a new generation of mission requirements to remain relevant. Specifically, the aircraft's aging communication management framework, which could only support 1,000 satellite radio channels, needed to be enhanced. The communications system update on the aircraft would also introduce next generation radios with highly capable waveforms that handle increasing demands for voice and data. To integrate the new radios and rapid capability, the USAF looked for a flexible, graphical processing system that could support its rapidly changing needs today and far into the future. No existing system could meet these broad requirements. > COMMUNICATION MANAGEMENT UNITS / U.S. AIR FORCE FUTURE-FORWARD RADIO CAPABILITIES FOR AGING AIRCRAFT

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