Rockwell Collins and the U.S. Air Force have conducted a live flight test to demonstrate the data transfer functionality of a wideband high-frequency communications system.
The company said Tuesday its WBHF system worked to relay data from a C-17 aircraft to a land-based station over a distance of at least 1,500 miles for a period of two days.
Mike Jones, vice president and general manager of navigation and electronic warfare solutions at Rockwell Collins, said the WBHF technology platform is designed to complement conventional satellite communications systems in denied environments.
The service branch used a WBHF receiver-exciter tool to facilitate data transfer during the flight test held between Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington and Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.
Rockwell Collins and the military branch tested the WBHF platform’s capability to transfer files, streaming videos, digital voice audio and chat during the two-day flight trial.