"We have learned" that ICOM has recently concluded a licensing agreement with the well known maker of "Ultra-high-end" Mil-spec radio gear, Rohde & Schwarz of Munich, to use R&S circuitry in certain ICOM radios (particularly in the front end). This supports the probable targeted market for the "IC-785", Mil/Gov/Commercial; it would also make the radio highly attractive in the E.U. The "IC-785" will probably list in the $6K price bracket, comparable to the venerable IC-781. Even at that price level, it is likely to be pack-leader by a country mile, when compared to its ham-market competitors.
Rohde & Schwarz and Racal are the main European competitors to Rockwell-Collins and RF-Harris.
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