Leopard1 HF/VHF/UHF (30W/18W/10W)

The Leopard1 is a compact, rugged, and lightweight wideband military radio which offers uncompromised communication for tactical missions in the HF, VHF, and UHF bands. Built-in tuner, modem, and GPS receiver are integrated into the radio allowing flexible operation. Advanced features such as Automatic Link Establishment (ALE), Frequency Hopping and One-Time-Pad (OTP) encryption enables secure and reliable communication.

The Leopard1 radio is configurable for portable, mobile, base, and repeater station applications.

In the portable configuration, it provides 2, 5, 30 Watt in HF, 18W in VHF-L, and 10W in VHF-H and UHF.

When cross-connected to either another Leopard1 or a Cheetah3 radio, it becomes the HF side of a re-bro or could be the VHF/UHF side of a repeater and can deliver up to rated power which at effective height for very large coverage area of up to 70+ km in VHF/UHF.

When Connected to Sat-Com Power Amplifiers:

  • AFRACAL2 Dual Multiband PA; HF is amplified to 125W, VHF/UHF is amplified to 100W.
  • AFRACAL1-VU Dual-band PA; VHF/UHF is amplified to 100W, HF in bypass mode.
  • AFRACAL1-H,  HF band PA, only HF is amplified to 125W, VHF, and UHF in bypass mode.


Features List

  • Modes: USB,LSB,AM,FM,FSK,MSK (standard) BPSK,QPSK,PSK,QAM,DSSS (optional)
  • Wideband digital manpack: 1.6 – 170 MHz / 1.6 – 512 MHz (All modes)
  • Integrated modem, GPS receiver, tuner, speaker and microphone
  • Compact, lightweight and rugged design
  • ALE, frequency hopping, encryption
  • Extra long battery life
  • 3 m water immersion
  • 3 year warranty
  • MIL-STD-810G


At only 3.2 kg, the radio is one of the lightest wideband radios in its class. The radio is enclosed in a T6-Aluminium casing which is epoxy powder-coated. It complies to MIL-STD-810G specifications, and the interface and controls are user-friendly and intuitive.


The Leopard radio is based on a true digital software defined platform, covering a spectrum from 1.6 MHz to 512 MHz, outperforming conventional systems. The receiver distinguishes automatically between voice and data communication. Numerous waveforms that conform to NATO and U.S. military standards are supported by the standard internal and optional tactical data modem allowing interoperability with other systems. The optional data modem caters for automatic link establishment (ALE) as well as automatic repeat requests (ARQ) allowing error-free transmission for Tactical Combat Network Applications.


Encrypted data transfer of up to 2400 bps is attained by the internal modem. The optional data modem enriches the data capability of the radio. Both modems enable secure military tactical messaging, chat and situational awareness over the radio link. Depending on the waveform selected, data rates of up to 96000 bps can be obtained. Future data rates will extend to 384000 bps. Email is also supported with the STANAG 5056 standard incorporating an external PC application.


The advanced power and battery management system incorporated into the radio offers a low stand-by power consumption of 2.2 W. Superior low voltage components, latest power control techniques and battery composition can provide an operation time of up to 70 hours. Two Li-Ion battery types are available: 13 Ah and 26 Ah @ nominal 12 V.


High performance HF, VHF and UHF filters ensure harmonic suppression and adjacent channel rejection, offering superior selectivity. The transceiver utilises state of the art components to ensure communications in both rural and urban environments.


The radio comes standard with a built-in antenna tuner that automatically matches the antenna to the operating frequency. Initial tuning takes seconds and only a fraction of a second when tuned from a stored profile. The tuner is capable of matching the antenna in the HF band and extending into the VHF Band up to 60 MHz.



The option of end-to-end encryption is integrated and enables high grade security for data and voice. Optional Multiple Independent Levels of Security (MILS) are available to users.
This enables advanced features like frequency hopping (up to 600 hops per second) in one-time-pad encryption.


With the optional enhanced internal Modem, Secure Digital Voice with customer own generated AES256 Key will ensure highest levels of communication security.


The integrated GPS receiver and antenna provides time, position and heading information which can be viewed in the field. The radio provides full Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence (C4I) for situational awareness. The GPS transmission can be encrypted for location protection.


With the MessagePoint or CommandPoint application, tactical chat between all radios is possible using radio keypad, Data Terminal or any windows operating Tablet PC or laptop.
File transfer with chat is integrated and E-Mail with most clients works seamlessly.