uAvionix Corporation introduced it has achieved U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Air Traffic Control Radar Beacon System Identification Friend System (AIMS) Mk XIIB certification of its first Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) transponder, the RT-2087/ZPX-B. With this certification, ZPX-B turns into the world’s smallest, licensed micro-IFF transponder, decreasing measurement, weight, and energy consumption (SWaP) traits of typical IFF transponders by greater than 90%, and at lower than half the scale, one-third the burden, and one fourth the facility consumption of different Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)-targeted IFF options.
Identification Friend or Foe is an identification system designed for command and management. It permits army and civilian air visitors management interrogation techniques to establish plane, automobiles or forces as pleasant, and to find out their bearing and vary from the interrogator. The certification attests to its IFF functionality and its interoperability with army gear fielded by NATO and its allied nations. Incorporation of IFF know-how into small, tactical, and attritable platforms permits them full participation into the cross-troop, cross-service department, and cross-nation collaboration and situational consciousness that forestalls fratricide.
The ZPX-B permits IFF functionality for small and tactical Group 1-4 UAS, because of its SWaP at 3.3 in3, 60 grams, and energy consumption of three.5 Watts. Transmitting at 54dBm, ZPX-B offers civil transponder modes A, C, S, and ADS-B Out, in addition to army modes 1, 2, 3, and 5 Levels 1 and a pair of – all individually configurable. ADS-B In performance offers situational consciousness and Detect and Avoid (DAA) capabilities to the host platform. The ZPX-B can leverage the host GPS and stress altitude by way of the management interface, or take inputs from a appropriate GPS such because the uAvionix TSO-C145e truFYX and pitot-static system. Serial and Ethernet-based communications protocols can be found. Crypto compatibility complies with AIMS 04-900A Option B, which incorporates the KIV-77 and KIV-79.
“It is one factor to supply a 53 gram Mode V microtransponder; it’s fairly one other to truly get it licensed. This is a giant step ahead in decreasing battlefield fratricide for all these small drones the DoD – and their Allies – are producing.” – Maj Gen, USAF (ret) James Poss, founding father of ASSURE – the FAA’s Drone Research Center of Excellence.
Passive IFF Reception for Situational Awareness
In addition to the ZPX-B, uAvionix introduces the ZPX-R, a passive ADS-B and Mode 5 Level 2 receiver for ground-based, shipborne, or airborne reception for situational consciousness and Detect and Avoid (DAA) functionality. Mode 5 Level 2 incorporates periodic “squitters”, very like ADS-B, however encrypted. These squitters allow situational consciousness in areas the place Mode 5 interrogators are absent, rising the scalability of deployment. ZPX-R can present knowledge in a number of codecs, together with Open Mission Systems (OMS) for incorporation into tactical shows or ACAS Xu or related DAA processors.
Unclassified Integration, Testing, and Demonstration with Crypto Emulation
For army packages or OEMs seeking to combine a Micro-IFF into their platforms, ZPX-B incorporates an inside crypto-emulator that permits growth and take a look at unbiased of COMSEC-controlled gear (cryptos, key loaders, GSA safes, NSA keys, and many others.) topic to onerous dealing with necessities. This emulator is appropriate with the emulator present in IFF take a look at gear just like the Viavi IFF-45TS. Additionally, uAvionix additionally gives a KIV Emulator having the identical type issue as a KIV-77. By substituting it for the KIV-77 utilized by any Mode 5 interrogator, that interrogator now can take part in take a look at and integration actions with out the COMSEC safety burdens in any other case imposed.