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PDW Integrates Wireless Datalink into Flagship sUAS Platform

Integrating Doodle Labs' Helix Mesh Rider Radio into PDW’s C100 sUAS will enable advanced operations within electronic warfare-contested environments By DA Staff / 15 May 2023
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PDW is partnering with Doodle Labs in order to integrate the company’s Helix Mesh Rider Radio into PDW’s flagship C100 small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to provide enhanced functionality and improved capabilities for the C100 sUAS by enabling operations in Electronic Warfare (EW)-contested and near-peer theaters.  

The PDW C100 sUAS was developed specifically for the Department of Defense (DoD), enabling features previously only available on larger fixed-wing assets to be launched organically by a single soldier. 

It is built around a modular open architecture which allows new hardware and capabilities to be seamlessly integrated. The C100 offers a wide range of advanced mission capabilities, including targeting and identification, signals intelligence, direct effects, and payload/supply delivery whilst fiting into a rucksack. It also supports many integrations with leading sensors, payloads, and novel technologies.  

Doodle Labs’ Helix Mesh Rider Radio was developed with sponsorship from the US DoD’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) and is fully compliant with DIU’s Blue UAS program.  The Radio makes use of the company’s proprietary multi-band technology to cover a range of licensed radio frequencies often used by groups in the US DoD in a single radio, from M1 to M6.   The radio’s mini-OEM form factor is extremely low-SWaP and boasts FIPS 140-3-certified encryption, both of which are crucial for tactical military missions.    

Ryan Gury, CEO of PDW, said: “Doodle Labs has developed a next-generation wireless system that is reliable, robust, and easy to integrate. With long-range, high-bandwidth data links and advanced features like dynamic frequency changing and multi hop relay, Doodle Labs’ wireless system ensures reliable connectivity for operations in even the most challenging and contested environments.”

Ashish Parikh, VP Business Development for Doodle Labs, added: “PDW is engineering some of the most versatile tactical UAS platforms on the market, so we knew our datalink component needed to be up to the many challenges end-users are bound to put the C100 through. When we say our Helix Mesh Rider Radio is ‘built for global deployment,’ the missions in which the C100 is perfectly suited to excel are exactly what we have in mind. This platform can do it all.”  

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