The HCR is a small form-factor and highly ruggedized tactical radio that delivers high bandwidth throughput over long distances using point-to-point microwave wireless technology. The radio’s dramatic increase in bandwidth capability over previous generation radios is expected to accelerate the adoption of handheld devices and next-generation applications at the tactical edge, a key trend within many militaries around the world. The new radio’s much smaller form factor requires fewer assets to deploy and less logistical support than previous generation HCLOS radios, providing users with secure voice, data, video and sensor backhaul communications in difficult, hard to reach, operating environments.
The HCR incorporates and improves on the best features of Ultra’s battle-proven AN/GRC-245 and AN/GRC-512 radios to form a new platform that can perform multiple roles. The single box mast mount radio supports the roles of a High-Capacity Line-of-Sight (HCLOS) radio relay, including spectrum efficiency and long range waveforms, as well as a true full-band Electronic Counter Counter Measure (ECCM) radio relay. Therefore, it effectively provides two radio types in a single common platform, enabling each relay vehicle to quickly mix and match each mode to suit battlefield conditions. As a Software-Defined Radio (SDR), the HCR’s unique architecture facilitates technology insertions while allowing for interoperability with legacy platforms, including the Ultra AN/GRC-245 and AN/GRC-512 radios.
Iwan Jemczyk, President of Ultra Electronics, TCS commented:
“The new version of the Ultra HCR introduces truly breakthrough technology in its domain and represents the culmination of Ultra’s forty years of experience delivering tactical communications solutions. The radio’s small form factor, significant bandwidth throughput capability and its ability to evolve over time, opens doors to new applications at all levels of the tactical communications chain.”