RF Communications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Tri-Band Bidirectional Amplifier for ISR Radios Introduced

By Mike Ball / 17 Nov 2020

NuWaves Tri-Band Bidirectional Amplifier for ISR RadiosNuWaves Engineering has introduced the NuPower Xtender SCISR-20, a tri-band, solid-state, bidirectional amplifier designed to support secure common data link (CDL) ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance) radios in applications such as UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) communications.

The 20-watt amplifier has been designed to simplify subsystem architecture with a compact form-factor providing in-band and cross-band bidirectional communication for improved link margin. It features auto-sense T/R capabilities with a 2-μs switching speed, and can automatically detect whether it is in transmit or receive mode in each channel, independent of the operational modes of the other channels.

The SCISR-20 is intended to provide easy-to-install support for secure CDL ISR (SCISR) software-defined radio communications in ground or airborne terminals, but can also be used in any application requiring amplification in L-, S-, and C-band and can be customized for specific use-cases and unique requirements.

The rugged and compact amplifier has been engineered to withstand the harshest of environments, NuWaves Engineering’s AS9100D quality management standards guarantee full materials traceability and quality accountability.

Jeff Wells, President and CEO of NuWaves Engineering, commented: “We are extremely pleased to announce the release of the SCISR-20, our first tri-band bidirectional amplifier. We believe this will add tremendous capability to all users of SCISR radios and their legacy counterparts. Our hope is other applications operating in these common bands (L, S, and C) will find plenty of uses for the SCISR-20, as well. The NuWaves team takes pride in our ability to support our clients with best-in-class RF solutions, rapidly fulfilling the ever-changing needs of the Warfighter.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact