Germany-based Rohde & Schwarz Awarded Avionics Contract For T-7A Red Hawk

Germany-based defence electronics group Rohde & Schwarz has been selected to deliver radio technology for integration on the US Air Force’s T-7A Red Hawk fleet.

The group has been awarded a subcontract for the delivery of R&S MR6000R software defined, multiband-capable airborne transceivers for the US Air Force’s Boeing-built T-7A Red Hawk aircraft, used for advanced pilot training.

This forms part of Boeing’s $9.2 billion contract to deliver 351 T-7A aircraft, 46 simulators and associated ground equipment to replace Air Education and Training Command’s ageing fleet of T-38C Talons.

The R&S MR6000R technology has been designed to meet small size, lightweight and low power requirements, weighing less than four kilograms.

According to Rohde & Schwarz, the R&S MR6000R covers the frequency range from 30 MHz to 400 MHz and can support the NATO frequency algorithms ‘HAVE QUICK II’ for interoperability and digital fast frequency hopping standard ‘SATURN’.

“This co-operation is the culmination of years of unwavering teamwork by Boeing and Rohde & Schwarz,” Michael Hostetter, vice president, Boeing Defense & Space, Germany, said.

“Along with updated technology and performance capabilities, the T-7A will be fitted with an enhanced radio communications suite, giving it an added benefit, preparing pilots for fifth-generation aircraft.

Boeing on June 22 launched Phase II flight testing of the company-owned T-7A prototype in St. Louis. 

The three flights logged by the future U.S. Air Force jet trainer were the first in several months. By last fall, the first two prototype aircraft had completed 246 sorties before entering a scheduled modification period. 

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