FreeWave Technologies, a manufacturer of high-performance spread spectrum and licensed radios for critical data transmission, has announced that its family of military radios has surpassed more than 800,000 flight hours.

Born out of the same spread spectrum technology that originally was created for the US Navy during World War II to prevent the Germans from "jamming" US radio transmissions for radio-guided torpedoes, the original frequency-hopping spread spectrum (FHSS) technology used only 88 frequencies. Today, switching within FreeWave's radios is controlled by embedded firmware code that enables radios to change frequencies hundreds of times per second and use more than 100 channels, making it an ideal solution for military applications, including unmanned air vehicles and unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs). FreeWave developed and began shipping its first military radio in 1997.

"Reaching this milestone of more than 800,000 flight hours logged is testament to the full range of capabilities FreeWave's military radios offer and have been counted on for by some of the world's largest and most well-respected government and military agencies," says Ken Granader, vice president of sales for FreeWave.

"We have extended the same high-performance and capabilities now with our tiny form factor and light-weight MM2 family of radios, which gives military customers even greater reach, distance and longevity due to the very small size and light weight," he adds.

Source: Flight Daily News