LAPD selects Cobham RT-7000 Tactical Radio

LAPD selects Cobham RT-7000 Tactical Radio 21 Jul, 16, Source: Cobham

The LAPD Air Support Division (ASD) is the largest municipal airborne law enforcement operation in the world.  The LAPD fleet consists of fourteen Eurocopter AS350B2 and five Bell Jet Ranger B3 helicopters, as well as one King Air fixed wing aircraft.  Their mission is to provide city-wide air support to patrol units in their efforts to reduce crime and enhance officer and public safety.

Cobham’s new RT-7000 panel-mount tactical radio embodies an evolutionary software-defined radio (SDR) design, with a modular architecture that may be configured and upgraded as an operator’s requirements and mission evolve.  The aircraft will remain current and ready for action with AM/FM VHF/UHF, and P25 today, and TETRA, LTE, SATCOM, HD video, and more in the future.  The design ensures that hardware investment is preserved as operational needs evolve.

RT-7000 Features include:

  • Tactile and touchscreen interface
  • 29.7 – 960 MHz AM/FM P-25
  • Trunking: P-25 Phase I and Phase II, SmartZone, SmartNet
  • Connectivity for 2 external handheld radios
  • Up to 3 embedded internal transceivers
  • TSO/ETSO* COM and display
  • NVIS compliant – MIL STD 3009
  • Smaller form factor than closest competition
  • Embedded, relay, simulcast, and relay/simulcast
  • User control functions and operations supported within 3 menu selections

*TSO/ETSO approvals pending completion of FAA review

The RT-7000 is the perfect choice for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft flying a variety of public safety missions, including airborne law enforcement, helicopter emergency medical services, fire suppression, border patrol, search & rescue, electronic news gathering, and surveillance.

“Cobham tactical communications products have been proven in service with LAPD for many years and we are excited to now move forward with the next generation in tactical communications equipment.  Introduction of the Cobham RT-7000 panel-mount tactical radio gives us full mission capability, a much improved user interface, and an unmatched upgrade path as new technologies are introduced in the future.”  said Cole Burdette, Chief Tactical Flight Officer, Air Support Division, LAPD

The RT-7000 is produced by Cobham Aerospace Communications in Prescott, Arizona.


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