Leonardo-Finmeccanica, an international high-tech security company, and Bittium, a Finnish company providing modern tactical communications systems and reliable, secure communications and connectivity solutions, demonstrate how the land forces of different European countries are able to communicate with each other in joint operations, linking up via a common waveform regardless of the actual radio platforms they use. In the demonstration, the two firms show how Europe’s ESSOR programme (European Secure SOftware defined Radio) has made it possible for each companies’ separate systems to interact seamlessly. Demonstrations are taking place at Leonardo’s chalet D501 in the outdoor area. Both systems make use of the European High Data Rate Waveform (HDRWF), which was developed under the ESSOR to enable improved cooperation in joint, inter-country operations. In the demonstration, Leonardo’s Swave SDR (Software Defined Radio) tactical radio and Bittium’s Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system form a network where a video stream highlights the capabilities of the ESSOR HDRWF as well as showing off both systems.
Bittium’s TAC WIN system is currently widely used by the Finnish Defence Forces and it enables fast, automated forming of wireless broadband IP network on the field, compatible with existing wireline and wireless infrastructure. Leonardo’s Swave SDR is a vehicular 4channel radio able to host a complete range of waveforms in the range from 4 MHz to 2 GHz.
Both Bittium and Leonardo have been part of the ESSOR programme since it started in 2009. The aim of the programme is to develop European Software Defined Radio technology in order to improve the capabilities for cooperation in coalition operations. The programme was established under the umbrella of the European Defense Agency (EDA), sponsored by the governments of Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden and awarded by the Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’ARmement (OCCAR) to the dedicated joint venture Alliance for ESSOR (a4ESSOR S.A.S.) to be in charge of managing the industrial consortium. Besides Bittium and Leonardo, the other companies involved in the first phase of the ESSOR - which was successfully completed in 2015 - were Indra from Spain, Radmor from Poland, Saab from Sweden, and Thales from France.