Rapid Mobile is a global supplier of premium long-distance digital radio communication technology and a partner of choice for the world’s leading radio manufacturers and system integrators. In satellite-denied environments or where fixed communication infrastructure is not preferred, our technology provides a robust alternative and thrives where other technology can’t. By delivering unsurpassed data speed, voice clarity and reach, we maximise the potential of your operations. Additionally, we comply with the most relevant industry standards (including MIL-STD, STANAG and ISO) to ensure seamless communication through widespread interoperability. For an extensive range of equipment and software, explore our product divisions and families to select the best solution for you to reach beyond boundaries.
Why radio communication?
Dependence on satellites or fixed infrastructure presents various operational vulnerabilities, which could make it challenging to achieve effective strategic communication. Radio communication offers a unique solution that is self-owned, self-controlled and less vulnerable to jamming and destruction.
Traditional radio communication uses high frequency (HF), very high frequency (VHF) or ultra-high frequency (UHF) radio waves to transmit information from one radio to another. The transmissions in these frequency bands vary greatly in range and quality, making each band appropriate for use in different situations.
VHF and UHF radios operate well within a relatively short range and typically give clear transmissions. However, line-of-sight is required as the signal paths can be hindered by terranean objects and vegetation. This includes buildings, mountains and forests. Furthermore, VHF and UHF communication are not suitable for use in deserts, tundra or grasslands where the distances are too great.
HF communication, on the other hand, is a staple for use in remote areas and was the primary means of long-range communication before the launch of satellites. HF radio waves reflect off the ionosphere, a series of ionised layers high above the atmosphere, to provide beyond-line-of-sight communication. This form of propagation enables HF transmissions to be sent and received over hundreds or even thousands of kilometres, making it particularly well-suited for maritime applications. Although inherent low data rates and potential eavesdropping pushed this technology to the backseat, HF is making a comeback with an infusion of new digital technology. Wideband HF, digital signal processing and improved link security offer a reliable, cost-effective alternative to satellite communications and allow users to rediscover the benefits that HF radio communication has to offer.
RapidM serves various clients in the global market, including system integrators, radio makers and resellers who, in turn, serve navies, militaries and governments, as well as industrial, civil and commercial users around the world. We supply our clients with an extensive range of products and services, divided into four distinct product segments below.
RC10 Wideband ARQ & IP Controller – 120 kbps
The RC10 ARQ Server and IP Controller is a purpose-built rack-mount platform for the STANAG 5066 automatic repeat request (ARQ) protocol. The RC10 has an embedded STANAG 5066 protocol stack function, enabling user applications such as military message handling systems, email, chat and IP applications to operate efficiently over strategic and maritime HF beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) radio links.
TC5 Wideband HF & V/UHF Modem, ALE and SDV Module – 4G, 24 kHz
The TC5 module is intended for users seeking to fully exploit the available spectrum for the highest speeds of BLOS and HF surface wave communications. The module can host wideband HF modem functions that fully comply with MIL-STD-188-110C App. D up to 24 kHz audio bandwidth. The TC5 hardware will in future host Wideband Automatic Link Establishment (WALE), also known as fourth generation (4G) ALE, as per MIL-STD-188-141D Appendix G. A wideband VHF modem (3 to 50 kHz) can also be hosted.
RM10 Wideband SDM & ALE – 24 kHz
The RM10 Wideband SDM & ALE product was developed in response to the emerging wideband HF data modem (MIL-STD-188-110C) and ALE (MIL-STD-188-141D) standards for strategic and maritime BLOS radio communications. The RM10 addresses the need for higher throughput data communications over contiguous wideband radio channels in the HF, VHF and UHF bands.
TC2 HF & V/UHF Modem, ALE and SDV Module – 3G, 3, 6 kHz
The TC2 offers various HF/VHF/UHF data modems, 2G ALE and 3G ALE (STANAG 4538). The TC2 hardware can also host RapidM’s EF-256 embedded functions, which include Secure Digital Voice (SDV) and AES-256 Encryption.
RA2 Secure Voice & Data Modem / Mobile
The RA2 is a high-performance secure digital voice and data modem. The RA2 is suitable for first responders, security agencies, governmental, paramilitary and even military users requiring voice privacy and asset tracking.
TC4-LP HF & V/UHF Modem, ALE and Voice Module – 3G, 3, 6 kHz
The TC4-LP is a high-performance LF, HF and V/UHF modem, ALE and voice module. The TC4-LP is optimised for low power consumption. The module is suitable for integration into LF, HF and V/UHF radios and other communication equipment. The TC4-LP is recommended for new designs.
RT7 Strategic Voice & Data Encryptor
The RT7 is a 19″ rack-mount strategic secure terminal that is part of the RT family and works with any HF or V/UHF radio via the audio interface. The RT7 provides fully secure services including link set-up, digital voice, data and position. The RT7 provides interfaces to connect to an intercom system and Ethernet LAN for use with messaging or situational awareness PC software.
RM6-A Data Modem & ALE – 3, 6 kHz
The RM6-A is a high data rate LF and HF data modem and ALE controller for standards-based BLOS naval and strategic data communications.
RM8 Software Defined Modem & ALE – 3, 6 kHz
The RM8 is a high data rate LF and HF data modem and ALE controller for standards-based BLOS naval and strategic data communications. The RM8 extends the functions found in the RM6-A to also include the STANAG 4538/3G ALE Automatic Radio Control System (ARCS) function. The RM8 units are suitable for NATO BRASS and BRE1TA (BRASS Enhancements 1 Technical Architecture) shore station deployments offering split-site 2G and 3G ALE.
A comparative summary of each product family is provided below. Each of the product families can be explored in more detail by following the link to the corresponding Family page.JUMP TO FAMILY COMPARISON TABLE >
High-performance, standards-compliant, HF and VHF/UHF data modems and ALE for strategic, naval and commercial platforms.The RM Product Family is engineered for users who require high-performance best-in-class products that fully comply with the current standards for satellite independent beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) strategic, maritime, narrowband and wideband HF and VHF/UHF data communications. The RM products provide excellent environmental specifications with respect to temperature, shock, vibration and MTBF.
Standards-based Automatic Repeat Request (ARQ), IP data solutions and network controllers.The RC Product Family provides standards-based Automatic Repeat Request (ARQ) and IP data solutions to systems integrators of RED-side equipment. RC products deliver error-free data (email, chat, position) over HF and VHF/UHF links, and can be trusted in severely degraded channel conditions. RC products are designed to be used in combination with our RM modems and external link encryptors.
Tactical communication products that work with any radio, providing secure digital capabilities.The RT Product Family enhances critical HF and VHF/UHF radio communications for the last mile user with cutting-edge digital capabilities that include secure digital voice, situational awareness, tracking, email and chat. RT devices provide unsurpassed performance, well beyond the line-of-sight (BLOS), in severely degraded conditions.
Operate and control radios from up to 5km away over field wire.The RW Product Family offers rugged wireline units that enable for radio operators to use and control radios from a distant location up to 5 km away.
Secure data, voice and position products for the unique requirements of governmental agencies, police, first responders and paramilitary forces.The RA Product Family is specifically designed for governmental agencies, police, first responders and paramilitary forces requiring secure long-range voice, email, chat and position tracking.
Enhance new or existing radio designs by embedding next-generation digital capabilities.The TC Product Family of embedded modem modules provides radio makers with next-generation digital capabilities at minimal integration effort and low overall cost. The modules are engineered for value, exceptional performance and quality, backed by professional integration support.
Product Family Comparison
|RapidM Product Families Comparison||RM||RC||RT||RA||RW||TC|
|Naval & Strategic|
|Tactical & Joint|
|Government & Security|
|MIL-STD / STANAG|
|19″ Rack mount|
|Embedded (in-product integration)|
Technologies & Services
|Email with attachments|
|Remote radio operation|
Export Control Status
|Controlled – Dual-use||[ ]|
|Controlled – Military|
[ ] = Option
We have successfully provided many real-world naval, tactical, and governmental communications solutions for customers located in more than 45 countries on 6 continents. RapidM provides embedded modems for most of the major global military radio manufacturers as well as a range of high-performance stand-alone modems. RapidM today offers the latest generation military standard data modems, world-leading Secure Digital Voice solutions, wide-band HF technology, Tactical Data Terminal systems and much more.