HARNet - (Harmonised Antennas, Radios, and Networks)

Lead Participant: Thales UK Limited


The HARNet programme develops the radio techniques and technologies required to
develop an Integrated Modular Communications System (IMC) using software defined radio
technology for the next generation of civil aircraft. It will replace the current system of isolated federated radios systems.
The consortium that will execute the programme is led by Thales, with Cobham as a key collaborating partner, aided and supported by the research of the University of Bradford, the
University of Southampton, and Queen Mary College, London. The project is split into two phases of two and four years respectively, running sequentially starting on 1 August 2013.
The specific areas of technology development are novel antenna solutions, mesh networking, radio frequency power amplifiers, radio frequency to digital baseband
transceivers, I/Q radio bus interconnection, and reconfigurable software defined radio baseband waveform processors. A comprehensive automatic testing environment is being developed for cost effective testing and certification of a future IMC system.
The programme is partly funded by the Aeronautical Growth Partnership, a £2bn programme
of investment in the UK aeronautics industry by HM Government over a time span of seven years, managed by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Technology Strategy Board.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

Thales UK Limited £6,226,436 £ 3,113,218


University of Southampton, United Kingdom £250,255 £ 250,255
Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom £256,982 £ 256,982
Cobham Cts Limited, DORSET £892,675 £ 446,337
Cobham Tcs Limited, DORSET £1,323,899 £ 661,950
Chelton Limited, DORSET £1,873,790 £ 936,896
University of Bradford(The), Bradford £765,521 £ 765,521


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