About Company

IRCOS is a modern experimental design office developing automated systems and technical means of radio monitoring on the basis of carefully verified system positions. The company's activity includes analysis of tendencies in development of radio telecommunication and data communication facilities, theoretical and practical research in the field of technical means of radio monitoring, development, manufacture and testing radio monitoring systems in general, and their components, including antennae and feeders, digital panoramic radio receivers, radio direction finders, HF and SHF paths, digital and analogue processing units, power supply systems. The company soves the problems of electromagnetic compatibility when installing equipment on carriers, creates applied software packages for manufactured systems and technical means of radio monitoring, performs technical support of products and training of Customers.

The company products are intended for the following:

  1. Radio Monitoring on national, regional, municipal, district and departmental level, in urban area, suburb area, industrial area, airports etc.
  2. Revealing of illegal emissions and localization of their sources (at site of counter-terrorism operation, exercises and other events, as well as in contiguous areas and at the border, within confined area of monitoring, inside distant premises of a buildings within area of monitoring, inside a single monitored premise or a vehicle

The company has all licenses required for specified business activities.


Development of modern technical means of radio monitoring always includes scientific and applied research aimed at analysis of the modern state and tendencies of telecommunication facilities development, theoretical and experimental research in the area of radio monitoring design, including the digital signal processing, methods for detection, direction finding and localization of radio emission sources, methods for receipt and processing of signals, and algorithms of their parameter measurement.

IRCOS is not only a consumer of scientific and technical ideas, it has also created an effective scientific and practical corporate base, which allows going in the vanguard of the manufacturers of the technical means of radio monitoring using its developments instead of outdated third-party sources. Practical approach, close coordination with the manufacturer and feedback from end users enables the company's engineers to define purposes and scope of our research in most optimal way. Owing to our capacities, we can provide any R&D support for our engineers. Therefore our customers need not pay to any other research organizations and thus can save their time and money.

Research and development of new products is managed on the design basis by the quality management service according to GOST R ISO 9000, GOST RB 0015-002-2012, GOST R 54869-2011, GOST R ISO 21500 – 2014, which shortens the period and labor intensity of developments while retaining the high quality based on increased working motivation of the specialists, their organization and responsibility.

The following scientific and practical design styles have been created over the time the company exists:

  • Automated territorially distributed radio monitoring systems
  • Wide band antenna systems, digital panoramic radio receivers, fixed, mobile, transportable and handheld radio direction finders
  • Means for detection of unauthorized radio emission and localization of its sources within the monitored area and in the secured objects
  • Systems of detection, identification, measurement and analysis of service parameters of radio emissions with analogue and digital modulations
  • Systems of localization of radio emission sources based on direction finding, time-difference of arrival and hybrid methods.

Traditionally, from the beginning of its business activity the company has been accumulating and training strong scientific and engineering staff. Most of the leading specialists of the company had begun working there as early as the time when they were students.

Over the time the company exists, its employees defended seven doctoral and seventeen candidate's dissertations, published over two hundred research works in profile fields, including nine monographs. At present, twenty three specialists with academic degrees and also several post-graduate students work at the company.

Participation in ITU Study Group 1

The company takes an active part in International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The company employees included in RF delegation participate in ITU-R Work Groups for development of recommendations, reports and handbooks of ITU.

International Telecommunication Unit has accepted 11 contributions prepared based on materials of our company.

Table 1. Contributions of the Russian Federation to ITU-R Study Group 1 (SG 1) “Spectrum Management” developed on the basis of IRCOS JSC materials.

No of the Document,
the data and SG 1 unit
Name of the contribution
Implementation of proposals
Document 1C/14-E, 04.06.2008
Working Party 1С (WP 1С) “Spectrum Monitoring”
Proposed draft new ITU-R Report. Automated localisation of electromagnetic emission sources at sites
ITU Handbook “Spectrum Monitoring”, Geneva, 2011, section
Document 1C/15-E, 04.06.2008
Working Party 1С (WP 1С) “Spectrum Monitoring”
Localization by a mobile monitoring station of radio signal transmitters in city conditions taking into account results of field strength measurements
ITU Handbook “Spectrum Monitoring”, Geneva, 2011, section
Doc. Chap3-e_v1-06, 05.12.2007
Working Group of WP 1С on updating ITU Spectrum Monitoring Handbook
Proposed addition to section “VHF and UHF omnidirection types”
ITU Handbook “Spectrum Monitoring”, Geneva, 2011, two last paragraphs of section
Document 1C/2-E, 05.04.2012
Working Party 1С (WP 1С) “Spectrum Monitoring”
Contribution for the draft new Report «Spectrum occupancy»
Report ITU-R SM.2256 “Spectrum occupancy measurements and evaluation”, Annex 1 “Probabilistic approach to spectrum occupancy measurements and relevant measurement data handling procedures”
Document 1C/84-E, 22.01.2014
Working Party 1С (WP 1С) “Spectrum Monitoring”
Proposal for the revision of Report ITU-R SM.2211 “Comparison of time-difference-of arrival and angle-of-arrival methods of signal geolocation".
Report ITU-R SM.2211-1 “Comparison of time-difference-of arrival and angle-of-arrival methods of signal geolocation", Annex 1 ”Factors affecting RF detection range and geolocation coverage area for monitoring stations”, sections 2 and 6.
Document 1C/83-E, 12.02.2014
Working Party 1С (WP 1С) “Spectrum Monitoring”
Proposal for revision of Recommendation ITU-R SM.1880 “Spectrum occupancy measurement".
The main proposals, in accordance with Doc. 1C/139 are accepted and reflected in the new version of Recommendation ITU-R SM.1880-1 “Spectrum occupancy measurements and evaluation", section 3.4. Remaining proposals, in accordance with Doc. 1C/6 (see below), are reflected in the new version of Report ITU-R SM.2256-1 “Spectrum occupancy measurement and evaluation”, Annex 1 “Influence of measurement parameters on accuracy and confidence level”, which will be published by ITU-R to the end of 2016.
Document 1C/95-E, 05.05.2014
Working Party 1С (WP 1С) “Spectrum Monitoring”
Draft modification of report ITU-R SM.2257-1 «Spectrum management and monitoring during major events».
Report ITU-R SM.2257-2 «Spectrum management and monitoring during major events», Annex 7 “Spectrum management at XXVII World-Wide Summer Universiade in Kazan city, the Russian Federation, July 2013”.
Document 1C/139-E, 16.03.2015
Working Party 1C (WP 1C) “Spectrum Monitoring”
Proposal for revision of Recommendation ITU-R SM.1880 “Spectrum occupancy measurement".
The new version of Recommendation ITU-R SM.1880-1 “Spectrum occupancy measurements and evaluation”, section 3.4.
Document 1C/140-E, 16.03.2015
Working Party 1C (WP 1C) “Spectrum Monitoring”
Proposal to revise Report ITU-R SM.2256. «Spectrum occupancy measurement and evaluation».
The proposals, in accordance with Doc. 1С/ 6 (see below), are reflected in the new version of Report ITU-R SM.2256-1 “Spectrum occupancy measurement and evaluation”, Annex 1 “Influence of measurement parameters on accuracy and confidence level”, which will be published by ITU-R to the end of 2016.
Document 1C/5-E, 12.02. 2016
Working Party 1C (WP 1C) “Spectrum Monitoring”
Proposed draft revision of Recommendation ITU-R SM.1392-2. Essential requirements for a spectrum monitoring system for developing countries

The contribution was transferred to the especially created Correspondence Group (within WP 1C) which, working by correspondence, should prepare proposals on the fundamental revision of the format and content of Recommendation ITU-R SM.1392-2 to be considered at the next WP 1C meeting in June 2017.
Document 1C/6-E, 16.02. 2016
Working Party 1C (WP 1C) “Spectrum Monitoring”
Proposal for a revision of Report ITU-R SM.2256. Spectrum occupancy measurement and evaluation

The proposal is a renewed version of the materials of Doc. 1C/83-E, dated 12.02.2014 and Doc. 1C/140-E dated 16.03.2015 (see above). The is reflected in the new edition of Report ITU-R SM.2256-1 “Spectrum occupancy measurement and evaluation”, Annex 1 “Influence of measurement parameters on accuracy and confidence level”, which will be published by ITU-R to the end of 2016.

The texts of the contributions are available at the company site in Publications page. Copies of contributions in Russian and English are presented in this page upon kind permissions of Minkomsviaz RF and ITU Radiocommunication Sector.


The novelty of the research we conducted is supported by the RF Patents. Employees of our company on the subject of the profile works received 16 RF Patients for methods and devices.

Table 2. Patents




Date of registration


Method for radio signals direction finding and a multi-channel direction finder

A. M. Rembovsky,

V. N. Kondrashchenko,



Wireless microphones detection technique and a device for its implementation

A. M. Rembovsky, A.V. Ashikhmin



Method for radio signals direction finding and a multi-channel direction finder

A. V. Ashikhmin, A. M. Rembovsky

A. D. Vinogradov etc.



Method for measuring the field strength of radio signals and equipment for its implementation

A. V. Ashikhmin, A. M. Rembovsky

A. D. Vinogradov



Radio signal direction finding technique and direction finder for its implementation

A.V. Ashikhmin, A. D. Vinogradov, G. V. Litvinov etc.



Electromagnetic emitters detection technique in monitored areas and equipment for its implementation

A. V. Ashikhmin, A. M. Rembovsky

A. D. Vinogradov etc.



Method for radio emitter localization by mobile radio monitoring station

V. A. Ufaev, E. A. Chubov, V. A. Kozmin etc.



Method for locating emitter with a mobile direction finder

V. A. Kozmin, Yu. A. Rembovsky, A. V. Trembachov etc.



Highly directional circular phased antenna array

A. D. Vinogradov, A. V. Ashikhmin, A. M. Rembovsky



Determination method for a simplex radio network structure with a mobile direction finder

V. A. Kozmin, Yu. A. Rembovsky, V. A. Ufaev etc.



Assessment method of electromagnetic or acoustic field strength based on the signals of antenna array located near a diffuser that distorts the field

A. V. Ashikhmin, V. B. Manelis, Yu. G. Pasternak etc.



Method for locating a transmitting unit with a portable direction finder

V. A. Kozmin, Yu. A. Rembovsky, V. A. Ufaev etc.



Method for locating base station

A. S. Avsyushin, V. A. Kozmin, Yu. A. Rembovsky etc.



Amplitude method in radio direction finding and a radio direction finder for its implementation

A.V. Ashikhmin, A. D. Vinogradov, V. A. Mylnikov etc.



Method for 2D direction finding of airborne object

V. A. Kozmin, Yu. A. Rembovsky, A. V. Ufaev etc.



Vivaldi antenna with a printed lens on a single dielectrical substrate

A.V. Ashikhmin, S.M. Fedorov, V.V. Negrobov etc.



We regularly update the park of measuring means manufactured by the company. They have certificates GOSSTANDART of the Russian Federation and provide measurements within the range of 0.009-18000 MHz in automated modes when:

  • Direct control of the equipment
  • Remote control using TCP/IP protocol
  • Remote control using open unified protocol based on TCP/IP.

For ARGAMAK-IS digital radio receiver being the basis of most measuring systems made by our company, the built-in reference generator is synchronized with exact time signals of GPS/GLONASS global navigation satellite systems. In this case the relative error of measurement of the central frequency of the single frequency broadcast network of the digital TV is not more than 5×10-11.

Certified measuring means, 2000 - 2016:

  • ARC-D1TR Panoramic Measuring Receiver
  • ARC-RP1 Portable Radio Monitoring System
  • ARC-KNV4 Remote Down-Converter
  • ARGAMAK-I Panoramic Measuring Receiver.
  • ARC-D1TI Multi-Functional Measuring Radio Monitoring System.
  • IVK-RADIO Measuring System for Monitoring of Parameters of Train Telecom
  • ARGAMAK-IM Panoramic Measuring Receiver.
  • ARGAMAK-M Panoramic Measuring Receiver
  • ARGAMAK-IS Panoramic Field Strength Meter.
  • ARGAMAK-RS Compact Measuring Radio Receiver (Radio Censer)

In addition, we have developed and certified several measurement methods, which are used for measurement with the measuring digital radio receivers ARGAMAK-I, ARGAMAK-IM and ARGAMAK-IS.

Table 3. Certified procedures of measurements



Supporting document

Date of registration


Measuring emission parameters of radio electronic devices by digital measuring radio receiving devices ARGAMAK-I, ARGAMAK-IM, ARGAMAK-IS 80064-02 92 01

Certificate of qualification No. 206/000265/2011 32 ГНИИИ МО РФ, ФР.1.38.2011.10001



State system for ensuring the uniformity of measurements Measuring emission parameters of radio electronic means with panoramic measuring receivers ARGAMAK-M Measurement method. 80064-01 92 02

Certificate of qualification No. 002/2013 АНО «ИМОБ», ФР.1.35.2014.17680



State system for ensuring the uniformity of measurements Measuring emission parameters of transmitting sets of terrestrial digital TV with field strength meters ARGAMAK-IS. Measurement method 80064-01 92 03

Certificate of qualification No. 0001/РОСС СОБ 6.00095.2013/2015, ФР.1.35.2015.21788



Our company implements the full production cycle – from creation of a technical means to development of software to operate them. Our authorship in software design is confirmed by Certificates of State Registration of Software.

Table 4. Certificates of state registration of software packages



Number and Date of Registration


SMO-PA/PAI/PPK Software Package for automated measuring radio monitoring and direction finding systems

No. 2015613059 of 03.03.2015


SMO-ARMADA Software Package for Automated Spectrum Monitoring System

No. 2016513829 of 26.03.2015


SMO-KN Software Package for mapping and navigation

No. 2015613830 of 26.03.2015


SMO-CT System Software for analysis of digital TV signals

No. 2015613938 of 31.03.2015


SMO-BS CDMA/EVDO Software Package for Automated Monitoring of CDMA/EVDO Base Stations

No. 2015662423 of 24.11.2015


SMO-BS DECT Software Package for Automated Monitoring of DECT Base Stations

No. 2015662411 of 24.11.2015


SMO-BS Software Package for Automated Monitoring of Base Stations

No. 2015662409 of 24.11.2015


SMO-BS 3GPP Software Package for Automated Monitoring of GSM, UMTS, LTE Base Stations

No. 2015662496 of 25.11.2015


SMO-STA Software Package for Signal Technical Analysis

No. 2015662410 of 25.11.2015


SMO-BS Wi-Fi Software Package for Automated Monitoring of Wi-Fi Networks

No. 2015662740 of 01.12.2015


SMO-BS RRS Software Package for Automated Monitoring of Digital Relay Stations Signal

No. 2015662741 of 01.12.2015


SMO-BS TETRA Software Package for Automated Monitoring of TETRA Base Stations

No. 2015662742 of 01.12.2015


SMO-BS WiMAX Software Package for Automated Monitoring of WiMAX Base Stations

No. 2015663621 of 25.12.2015


SMO-DX Software Package for Signal Parameter Evaluation and Radio Monitoring Indoors

No. 2016613562 of 29.03.2016

Just like the radio monitoring hardware, the software has evolved through several generations. The first generation was used for control of individual technical means, it worked using MS-DOS operation system. At present the first generation software is almost out of use.

The second generation of software has supported operation in MS Windows OS, allowing simultaneous management of a network of multiple radio monitoring technical means. Examples of the second generation software are SMO-PAI, SMO-PPK, SMO-KN STALKER, SMO-DX, etc. The second generation software has been still supported and modified to the present day, it is successfully used for dealing with radio monitoring tasks.

The third generation allowed operation with the plus family hardware, which features by simultaneous view bandwidth up to 24 MHz. It started to support remote control of equipment via unified open protocol, and the labor-intensive computational algorithms moved to the lower software levels – drivers of equipment and local management services.

The fourth generation software primarily refers to SMO-ARMADA cross-platform software built on the basis of the web-technologies and being a core of the software of the automated systems supplied At present, software of the second, third and fourth generations is used in combination, mutually complementing each other.


Over the period that has passed from the issuing of last Catalogue, in accordance with the internal plan of the company the main research directions remain as follows:

  • Enabling receipt and processing of new types of radio signals with a broader band. To solve this task, we plan to use ARGAMAK-RV digital radio receiver with the bandwidth of about 160 MHz
  • Developing radio monitoring networks on the basis of compact measuring digital receivers having a protected device – radio frequency sensors
  • Function enhancement of the existing technical means considering the spread of new transmission types
  • Improvement of the search methods and algorithms, identification, change of parameters, direction finding and localization of radio emission sources with digital types of modulation with code and time division.


As a result of performing work in accordance with the corporate plan and at the expense of the own costs, we have developed and offered a line of new products:

  • ARGAMAK-RV Panoramic Digital Radio Receiver with broadened to 160 MHz band of simultaneous processing and higher performance with the retained frequency selectivity and dynamic range; the supply is due from 2018
  • ARGAMAK-RS is an external small-size measuring digital radio receiver with protective design for the range of 20 – 8000 MHz (radio-frequency sensor)
  • ARC-D15R system for remote radio monitoring of premises (without limitation of their quantity) within the range of about 18 GHz, and also its components are developed (ARGAMAK-VM0, ARGAMAK-VM1 – compact digital radio receivers for the range up to 18 GHz), the supply is due from 2018
  • ARTIKUL-MT Transportable Direction Finder with the operating frequency range from 1.5 to 8000 MHz
  • ARGAMAK-CST Transportable Radio Monitoring and Technical Analysis System
  • Upgraded ARC-RP3M Handheld Direction Finder with the simultaneous bandwidth of 24 MHz.

Hardware modification was done for a number of products for adaptation to the complicated electromagnetic environment characteristic of cities and industrial centers. In order to remove the dependence of blocking the digital path by strong signals, the frequency selection system of ARGAMAK-IS, ARGAMAK-CS, ARC-D11, ARC-D1, ARCHA-INM, ARTIKUL-S, ARTIKUL-M, ARCHA-IT, ARTIKUL-MT, ARTIKUL-T is augmented with an additional narrow band path with a band of 0.5 MHz. Such a path has considerably lower performance, but it allows getting more correct spectrum of the load with radio signals within the operating frequency range in a complicated electromagnetic environment.


IRCOS is a company that implemented a full process cycle and a certified quality control system. Our company policy is to ensure the maximum possible sustainability and independence from external factors. IRCOS JSC is licensed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and can develop, manufacture and repair defense equipment.

Besides our traditional business i.e. manufacturing of equipment for radio monitoring and TSCM IRCOS is also successful in new fields.

Currently state-of-the-art radio equipment design engineering and manufacturing processes are used in the company:

  • SO, SOIC, TSOP, QFN and QFP radio components with pitch down to 0.5 mm; CSP and BGA components with 0.8 mm pitch and over 400 pins; packaged chip components up to 0201 (0.5×0.25 mm); VMMK components (AVAGO Technologies) in 0402 packages (1×0.5×0.25 mm) with 100 µm pitch;
  • PCBs having up to 12 layers and up to fifth precision class inclusively are used. The elements are soldered in a "premium" vapor-phase melt furnace made by German company IBL, high quality washing of printed board assemblies after soldering is done in ultrasonic units made by PBT, and additional washing and in the automated system made by IMO
  • Protection of radio electronic modules is made using polyurethane, acrylic and silicon coatings, and the optical control is implemented on an automatic unit equipped with a technical vision system made by Mirtec
  • Thermocontact crystal micro-welding, high and low pressure molding of plastics, powder and enamel painting and chemical oxidation processes are used. Laser engraving and laser-beam cutting are applied to mark items made of plastic, wood, glass, etc.

The production has a flexible management structure allowing accommodation to diverse conditions of operation, goals, tasks, and also promotes development of collective creativity. The company increases the quantity of production sites, regularly re-equips the already available ones.

Alongside our main production, we cooperate with tens of different organizations having rare or unique equipment, which allows increasing the level and quality of the manufactured products.


We start testing our products right from the beginning of their production cycle. For that we have implemented a comprehensive testing system that is just a must for manufacturing of any sophisticated products. Our quality management system covers development, manufacturing, service and maintenance of military equipment. It is complies with GOST RV 15.002-2003 and GOST R ISO 9001-2001.

The company's testing department as a separate unit has been functioning for more than 12 years, and for more than six years it has been a certified and attested testing unit for compliance with the requirements of technical competence set forth in RD В 319.02.70-08, including GOST ISO/IEC 17025-2009, which is confirmed by periodic qualification and certificate of qualification No.842 filed in the register as of March 28, 2016. The qualification area covers both climatic and mechanical types of tests, including tests and calibration carried out according to standard methods, non-standard methods, and procedures developed by the laboratory.

Certificate of qualification of the TU in the Military Register in accordance with the requirements of VR RD 03.003 entitles the TU to test radio and electronic equipment of military purpose for reliability and resistance to external factors in accordance with the requirements of GOST РВ 20.57.304 – GOST RV 20.57.310 in the set area of accreditation.

The test unit is provided with equipment and the most advanced instruments made both by national and foreign manufacturers. Those are F-500BM vibratory test benches made by EMIC Corp., Japan, TBV2000 thermal environmental chamber made by WEM, Germany, impact test assemblies. Instruments of the leading manufacturers, including Agilent (generators), Rohde & Schwarz, Keysight, Schwarzbeck, and also national receiver-synchronizers "Vremya-Ch", measuring antennae SKARD-Electronics, own measuring means. The test equipment and instrument fleet is upgraded annually.

Besides our standard internal tests, our products were repeatedly tested in the field conditions and actual environment by interested organizations and were given a lot of good references and proposal for further improvement of the equipment.


To promote our products and keep professional community informed about our latest achievements, IRCOS actively participate in annual international exhibitions in Russia and other countries. Our company was given a lot of international awards among which are Quality & Safety medal by INTERPOLITEX Forum and First Grade medal by International Forum for Security and Safety Technologies.

The recent activities to mention are:

  • Exhibition of arms specimens, military and special machinery held by the state military industrial committee of the Republic of Belarus, October 2014
  • The international military and technical forum ARMY-2015, June 2015
  • The Innovation Days of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, October 2015.

Besides annual exhibitions and forums, IRCOS actively contribute to the industry development and conduct awareness events for interested persons. At present, the main focus in this type of activity is made on making target presentations and field tests with visits to Customer sites, and also at the corporate show room, where a package of demo products is formed for a certain task. For that, we have developed our own presentation and training facilities. In our show room one can familiarize with our products including:

  • A piece of control center of ASR ARMADA, which allows remote control of technical means
  • High performance small-size digital radio receivers.
  • Single-channel and multi-channel radio monitoring equipment
  • Fixed, portable and manpack multi-purpose systems
  • Radio signal measuring instruments and analyzers
  • Tuners, frequency down-converters, data display units, antenna systems, power supply units and other equipment.

However, our show room is, for many reasons, a restricted area. To access it, please let us know beforehand about the time of your visit and the equipment you are interested in.


IRCOS training center was established in 2004 to facilitate users’ interaction with the company equipment. The training programs cover automated radio monitoring, products and methods to control technical vulnerability of the users’ information. The programs are proprietary, verified by the law enforcement bodies and the training itself is conducted by IRCOS leading specialists. Besides the practical block i.e. equipment training as it is, the programs include a considerable theoretical block to cover fundamentals of the radio monitoring and measuring of RES parameters outdoor and indoor, stray electromagnetic radiation, legal aspects of data protection and communication equipment control. Upon completion of training, the trainees can additionally consult the company specialists about the issues they need. The trainees are also provided with training handouts in hard and soft copies.

Product delivery and its technical support

IRCOS provides detailed instructions for optimal installation of radio monitoring equipment based both on the ITU recommendations and own experience gained during the years of successful work in regions with diverse climatic conditions, landscape, and building development. We provide required consultations when the Customer develops design documentation for engineering preparation of installation sites of radio monitoring equipment.

Our specialists immediately participate in supervised installations and start-up and adjustment of supplied equipment at installation sites, and also support its commissioning.

Over the recent 7 years, we have delivered and commissioned more then 200 mobile and fixed radio monitoring and direction finding stations, across the vast territory from Kamchatka to the western borders.

In the area associated with detection of unauthorized indoor radio emissions, from 2007 to 2015 we supplied radio monitoring equipment for 478 premises at more than 30 sites.

IRCOS promptly responds to requests from the users of our product. Starting from 2014, the Company's Internet-portal of the technical support service has been working to provide qualified and timely response to the Users concerning the use of the technical means and their diagnostics, centralized collection, storage and analysis of comments and proposals received from the users, timely informing the profile specialists and the company management, issuing targeted information to the company's clients about new software version releases, measurement methods, guidelines intended for the equipment used by a certain client, and also establishing a feedback interaction between the company and the client where the client has a possibility to track its correction or improvement request sent to the company.