Improved communications among air traffic controllers and pilots are vital as the skies grow more crowded with military and commercial aircraft and helicopters.
The General Dynamics Mission Systems CM300/350 V2 VHF and UHF air traffic control (ATC) radios are the first radios to go into operation at an airport as part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Next Generation Air-ground Communications (NEXCOM) Segment 2 modernization program. Installed at Floyd W. Jones Lebanon Airport in Lebanon, Missouri, the General Dynamics-built digital, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) radios are easier and more cost-efficient to maintain and vastly improve the clarity of voice communications among air traffic controllers and pilots. Over the next 10 years, the General Dynamics-built CM300/350 V2 ATC radios will replace aging ATC radios at more than 1,800 FAA locations nationwide.
“The improved communications clarity, reduced congestion on radio channels and improved network operations of the VoIP-based CM300/350 V2 radios will help keep the national airspace one of the safest in the world for pilots and their passengers,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics Mission Systems.
The General Dynamics Mission Systems radios are the first VoIP UHF and VHF radios approved by the FAA for ATC communications. The CM-300/350 V2 radios will be installed in airport ATC towers, FAA regional centers and training facilities.
The General Dynamics radios were approved for use throughout the National Airspace in June 2014. The U.S. Department of Defense, with similar ground-to-air radio requirements, may also use the 2012 awarded contract to buy the new CM-300/350 V2 radios for use in military installations.
NEXCOM Segment 2 is part of the FAA’s NEXCOM program to modernize ATC radios and associated equipment used to control the National Airspace. General Dynamics has been providing ATC radios to the U.S. government since 1992.
General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) combined the resources of Advanced Information Systems and C4 Systems into “General Dynamics Mission Systems” on January 1, 2015. For more information about General Dynamics Mission Systems, please visit gdmissionsystems.com and follow us on Twitter @GDMS.