Codan’s Sentry-M 6170-HH (Multiband) is an advanced, rugged, compact, secure and easy to use handheld Military Software-defined Radio (SDR) designed for use in the harshest environments worldwide.

A high-resolution color display with an intuitive User Interface (UI) and multiple language support, users can operate the radio to its full potential with minimal training. Inclusive of automatic screen brightness and backlit keypad. The customizable UI can also be user configured to show mission critical information such as power output, signal quality, mode of operation and radio ID when receiving signal.

Allocation of special function macros will allow the user to toggle a large range of options, including power level (0.1W, 1W, 5W), operational waveform, COMSEC and TRANSEC allocation with the press of a single key.

Smart network select enables the radio network administrator to set pre-predefined COMSEC, TRANSEC and frequency allocation for each of the 1000 programmable channels. With radio hot-swap functionality and emergency zeroise, the operator can ensure network security and continued communication in the event of radio compromise.

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Advanced Waveforms and Features

With high quality analog and digital voice (2.4kbps MELPe), the Sentry-M 6170 enables the use of multiple waveforms, creating an adaptable multi-role radio that can be tailored on the fly to meet mission specific requirements. With the flexible SDR platform, radio network modifications are applied easily in the field with the supplied FillGun or PC connection.

Adaptable to existing software architecture through the radio Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) coupled with an internal GPS receiver/antenna. Sentry-M 6170 can be integrated with virtually any customer supplied control system or SA (Situational Awareness) software.

The Sentry-M 6170 inbuilt network cross patching brings the ability to connect directly any third-party device with Carrier Operated Relay (COR) and Push To Talk lines (PTT), seamlessly merging radio networks and relaying mission critical voice communications.

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Narrow band MANET

Multi-hop relay for both voice and data with a self-healing network topology and differential node speed of 260km/h, the Codan MANET waveform allows for robust information transfer with low a probability of detection on the front line.

The 32-user network 2 hop voice / 5 hop data relay allows for 5km Line of Sight (LoS) per hop voice and data transfer with and without GNSS (GPS) synchronisation including:

• GPS positioning

• SA, Inclusive of BMS data

• Addressable short messages from the radio UI

• Sensor data

• File, image and email transmission

• IP data (IPv4) when connected to a PC

The dual PTT enables hierarchical transfer of information for command and squad elements with the inclusion of classified separation on data transfer i.e. green can retransmit data from blue, but green cannot decode the information.

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Codan Sentry-M 6170-BM

Codan’s Sentry-M 6170-BM is a modular addition to the 6170- HH handheld radio, coupling a vehicle adaptor and a 50W power amplifier. This extremely robust unit provides the same advanced feature set as the handheld radio, with the benefit of additional range provided by higher power and more efficient antenna solutions.

This configuration offers selectable power output levels at 5W, 20W or 50W and a variety of supported accessories including external speakers, handsets and a range of vehicular/base antenna solutions.

The Sentry-M 6170-BM features a modular design. Where required the radio can be quickly removed from the vehicle adaptor, fitted with an antenna and used in handheld configuration.

Key Features

Software-Defined Radio

The software-defined architecture enables you to download and upgrade new capabilities through software to ensure your investment is future-proof.

Advanced Waveforms and Features

With high quality analog and digital voice (2.4kbps MELPe), the Sentry-M 6170 enables the use of multiple waveforms, creating an adaptable multi-role radio that can be tailored on the fly to meet mission specific requirements.

Intuitive Operation

Codan knows that when lives are on the line, operation of the radio must be second nature. With Sentry-M 6170’s intuitive user interface and instinctive control users can operate the radio to its full potential with minimal training.

Secure voice and data

User programmable AES-256 encryption keys ensure secure voice and data transfer of mission critical information.

Frequency hopping

Fast rate Frequency Hopping capability (up-to 300hps) helps prevent third party monitoring of communications provide a high level of ECCM and communications security.

Situational Awareness

Adaptable to existing software architecture through the radio Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) coupled with an internal GPS receiver/antenna. Sentry-M 6170 can be integrated with virtually any customer supplied control system or SA (Situational Awareness) software.

Specifications

  • General
  • RF
  • Waveforms
  • Environmental
  • Frequency range Handheld: 20 to 520 MHz
    Base/Mobile: 30 to 520 MHz
  • Power output Handheld: 0.1W, 1W, 5W
    Base/Mobile: 5W, 20W, 50W
  • Programmable channels 1000
  • Input voltage range Handheld: 12V DC
    Mobile/Base: 19V to 33V DC (27V nominal)
  • Frequency stability ±1 ppm
  • Supply current Base/Mobile: 11A
  • GPS Built-in
  • Programming 6170-PS Radio Programming Software, FillGun
  • Language support English
  • Compliance MIL STD 810F, EMC MIL-STD-461G
  • Duty cycle 100% voice and data
  • Channel spacing FM: 25 kHz AM: 8.33 kHz, 25 kHz
  • Receive specifications Sensitivity: -116 dBm (20dB SINAD)
    Selectivity: ≥ 50 dB
  • Transmit specifications Spurious and harmonic suppression: > 50 dBc
  • FM/AM STANAG 4203, 4204, 4205
  • Narrowband MANET Proprietary
  • ECCM Up to 300 hops per second
  • Data Up-to 40kbps
  • Digital voice MELPe 2400 / CODEC2
  • Encryption AES-256
  • Waveform interoperability STANAG 4203, 4204, 4205, 5630 NBWF
  • Transmission types A3E, F3E, G1W – full band
  • Size Handheld: 220 x 86 x 44 mm (Excluding Antenna)
    Vehicle dock: 270 x 180 x 90 mm
    50W Amplifier: 270 x 180 x 187 mm
  • Weight Handheld: <1 kg (with Battery and Antenna)
    Vehicle dock: 2 kg
    Power amplifier: 9.5 kg
  • Interfaces Audio, RS232, Ethernet, USB
  • Temperature range -32°C to +55°C
  • Environmental standards 1m for 2 hours (MIL STD 810G)
  • Battery Rechargeable 12V 10Ah Li-Ion
  • Battery life 10.5h at 1:1:8

Values noted are typical. Equipment descriptions and specifications subject to change without notice or obligation.

FAQs

On which operating systems are the Codan software products supported?

The operating systems supported are dependent on the software product. Codan software generally supports Microsoft Windows® XP and higher. However, please check your software product datasheet for specifications.

What is the difference between an FED-STD and MIL-STD ALE?

FED-STD refers to the FED-STD-1045 ALE, whereas MIL-STD refers to the MIL-STD-181-141B ALE. FED-STD ALE has the basic ALE feature set for calling and messaging, whereas MIL-STD has additional features such as NET calling, selective call types and LQA exchange.

NET calling allows you to group your users into nets, so rather than calling a particular person or everyone, you can call a certain group identified by a net. With MIL-STD ALE, you also have a variety of selective call types – such as global all-call, selective all-call, global any-call, selective any-call, double any-calls and more. Advanced ALE, part of MIL-STD ALE, enables you to force an LQA exchange.

I need to return equipment for repair or assessment. What do I need to do in order to send the equipment back?

While Codan products are known for their extraordinarily high level of reliability, if you should encounter any problems, please contact Codan or visit our Support page.

Please email: lmrsupport@codancomms.com and include:

  • Your name and contact number
  • Return shipment address
  • Model and serial number
  • What the product issue is

To return LMR equipment to Codan Communications in Canada, the Codan service department must first issue an RMA (Return Materials Authorization) number to you. This RMA number needs to be written on the outside of the box when returned. For further instruction on RMA, visit our Technical Support webpage.

Are there sources online for more information about your products?

All our products are featured on the website with datasheets and brochures where relevant. In addition, we have a Resource Library which contains datasheets, technical notes, brochures and other product information. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, please contact your local Codan Support centre.

Who do I contact for service and support?

Codan has accredited service centres worldwide. For contact information, please visit our Support page.

What are the power requirements for your radios?

The majority of Codan radios are designed for 12 V DC nominal operation, with relatively low power consumption. This allows direct operation from vehicular, storage battery or solar sources. We also supply adaptors and mains power supplies allowing operation from wide-range DC inputs, or universal (100-240 V AC nominal) mains. Our high power amplifiers require mains power to operate.

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