19 avril 2021 | International, Aérospatial

Leonardo airborne software-defined radio selected by Boeing to equip NATO’s AWACS fleet

Leonardo has been contracted by Boeing to provide its new software-defined radio, the ‘SWave® Airborne SDR SRT-800’ for NATO’s fleet of E-3A AWACS aircraft.


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