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Rockwell Collins-Cubic team announces successful flight tests of miniature Common Data Link prototype in smallest Tier 2 type platform

The team of Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) and Cubic Defense Applications, Inc., a defense unit of Cubic Corporation (Amex: CUB), announced that their new Mini-Common Data Link (CDL) system has been successfully flight tested on a AAI-Aerosonde Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) platform. This demonstration brings CDL capability to one of the smallest Naval Air Systems Command Tier 2 class platforms and follows successful flight tests on a King Air aircraft and Killer Bee UAS.  

During the testing, which was witnessed by a representative of the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC), the Mini-CDL demonstrated bi-directional communications with the USMC's new Team Portable – CDL (TP-CDL) terminal. The Mini-CDL prototype, which weighs less than 1.5 pounds, also demonstrated interoperability with the Department of Defense's existing CDL Rev. F compliant systems.  Additional lab testing validated interoperability with the 10.71B waveform.  

"Our solution offers superior data link performance and flexibility for reduced cost, size and power consumption," said Bruce King, vice president and general manager of Communication Systems for Rockwell Collins.  

"The integration of this new cutting-edge technology into AAI's Aerosonde will provide this small, expeditionary unmanned aircraft system with greater capabilities, increased interoperability and the ability to integrate more sophisticated sensors," said Steve Reid, AAI's vice president of Unmanned Aircraft Systems.   

"These tests are an important step in the development of the Mini-CDL system," said Rick Lober, senior vice president and general manager of Cubic's Communications and Electronics business unit. "The flight tests demonstrated the prototype's interoperability type with CDL-compliant equipment, which will enable small UAVs to operate in a DoD-standard communications environment with larger unmanned and manned systems. This is an important capability for our U.S. Marine Tier 2 offering. A Request for Proposal is expected later this year."  

During the tests, the aircraft successfully transmitted high-bandwidth streaming video from an on-board video camera to the ground station below. The air terminal achieved data rates up to 10.7 Mbps, approximately three times the speed of a typical cable modem. The Mini-CDL is designed to operate at rates up to 45 Mbps and achieves interoperability with other vendors' units through compliance with the current DoD CDL waveform specification.

Press release issued by Rockwell Collins Inc. on November 28, 2007

 

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Rockwell Collins Inc. Head-Up Displays, Radio Communications Equipment, Moving Maps, Enhanced Vision Systems (EVS), LCD Displays, Engine Indicator Instruments, Cabin Management Systems, Automatic Flight Control Systems, Inflight Entertainment, Automatic Direction Finders, Cabin Address Systems, Autopilots, Radar/Radio Altimeters, Distance Measuring Equipment, VOR (Omnirange) Receivers, Avionics Management Systems, Air-to-Ground Data Links, Multi-Mode Receivers (MMR), Engine Control Quadrants, Control Panels, Aircraft & Helicopter Controllers, Collision Avoidance Systems/TCAS, Helmet-Mounted Displays (HMD), Weather Mapping Radar, Inertial Components & Systems, Attitude and Heading Reference Systems, Navigation Antennas, Transceivers, Flight Recorders, Cockpit Printers, Flight Directors, Flight Management Systems, Electronic Flight Instrument Systems, Air Data Computers, Onboard Computers, UAV Control Software, GPS, Simulation Systems, Surveillance/Air Defense Radar, Engine Controls, Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems, Horizontal Situation Indicator, Instrument Landing Systems, Command, Control & Intelligence Systems, Airborne Communication Systems
Cubic Defense Applications Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems, Automatic Direction Finders, Electronic Flight Instrument Systems
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 Related aircraft programs:
Aerosonde

 

 Related directory sectors:
Flight and Data Management
Communications (Airborne)

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