Airborne and Maritime/Fixed Station (AMF) radios, which are software programmable, multiband, multimode, mobile ad hoc networking radios, provide simultaneous voice, data and video communications. The radios support the Common Operating Picture, Situational Awareness and interoperability of Mission Command systems throughout the battlefield. Per Milestone Decision Authority direction, the redefined AMF Program will procure radios as Non-Developmental Items (NDI).
BENEFIT TO THE WARFIGHTER:
AMF radios ensure the Soldier’s ability to communicate both horizontally and vertically via voice and data within all mission areas. They also help close capability gaps by extending data networking to company-and-below echelons, enabling network services to the platform and connecting Army aviation platforms to Army ground and Joint air network domains.
- Meets size, weight and power restrictions for Army rotary-wing platforms
- Small Airborne Networking Radio (SANR) provides a multi-channel networking radio capable of using Soldier Radio Waveform and Wideband Networking Waveform in addition to legacy Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio System capability to interoperate with ground forces for seamless connectivity for combat operations
- SANR provides support to all Army rotary-wing platforms, as well as the Gray Eagle Unmanned Aircraft System
- 3QFY12: Received Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD(AT&L)) direction to close out the AMF Joint Tactical Radio System Development and Demonstration contract
- 4QFY12: Received USD(AT&L) direction to pursue an NDI acquisition approach to meet Army rotary-wing aircraft requirements
- 1QFY15: AMF program split to reflect Small Airborne Link 16 Terminal and SANR subprograms
- 2QFY15: President’s FY16 Budget funds SANR development effort
- FY16: Acquisition Strategy approved
- 3QFY16: SANR Request for Proposal release
- FY17: Contract Award expected