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14 June 2016

Eurosatory 2016: Leonardo-Finmeccanica and Bittium Demonstrate Joint Euro Radio Tech

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.