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08 September 2016

MSPO 2016: WB Group Presents the COMP@N Tactical Radio Stations

During MSPO 2016 the Polish company Radmor, part of the WB Group, presented a family of COMP@N programmable tactical radio stations. Currently the family includes:

Comp@n H07. A handheld radio. Provides digital voice and data transmission for troops or can serve as an auxiliary communication device at fixed stations and for vehicles. Designed for phonic communication, including: tactical (very short range) UHF and VHF for land units; tactical (short range) VHF for air units; and communication with paramilitary and civil units. Basic functions include analogue voice transmission at a fixed frequency, digital voice transmission at a fixed frequency or with frequency hops (100 hops per second), voice encryption, data transmission, and GPS position (built-in GPS receiver).

Comp@n H08. A handheld radio. Capable of a simultaneous, highly-secured transmission of voice and data in frequency hopping mode (300 hops per second, over 200 frequency indexes in each channel), which ensures the functionality of LPD (Low Probability of Detection), LPI (Low Probability of Interception) and AJ (Anti-Jamming). It has an internal synchronization mechanism which does not require a global navigation satellite system (GPS for example) for external time reference. It can operate in frequency hopping mode or at fixed frequency (STANAG 4204 – a fixed frequency VHF FM, STANAG 4205 – a fixed frequency UHF FM/AM). It has a built-in GPS receiver.

Comp@n H09. A handheld radio with several waveforms which allows a transmission from classical systems (STANAG 4204, STANAG 4205) to modern BMS. It has the BMS IP narrowband waveform implemented (MANET/Mobile Ad Hoc Network) which is a continuously self-configuring, infrastructure-less network of mobile devices connected wirelessly. It allows for the transmission of digital voice (including MALPe), IP data, situational awareness data (including data from sensors), GPS location and other information required by BMS (Battlefield Management System)

Comp@n H09 allows an integration of a radio station with IP networks and a simultaneous transmission of data and voice. It can operate in frequency hopping mode or at fixed frequency, and has a built-in GPS receiver.

It is important to underline that this list is not exhaustive, and serves only as an example of possible configurations,” Tomasz Badowski from WB Electronics explained during MSPO2016. “The main differences are in used waveforms which determine a role of a particular radio. Every radio can be equipped with several waveforms, according to the customer’s need.”

Its universal and flexible architecture allows users to choose the proper mode,” Tomasz Badowski added. “A radio can operate in a broadcast mode or in more complex mode, such as MANET.”

Various modes are available. Within the COMP@N family, a user can choose from various waveforms and bands. The list of available functionalities and options is not full yet – designers from Radmor are still working on new capabilities. Currently the COMP@N platform is equipped with interfaces such as PTT, RS232, USB, and Ethernet 10/110. An output power of a transmitter is up to 5W, while a sensitivity of a receiver is 116 dBm (SINAD 20 dB).

During MSPO 2016 the WB Group announced that in terms of frequencies, three bandwidths are available so far. The most universal range, providing the widest array of options, is provided by the RF block (20 – 520 MHz). The remaining two with narrowed bandwidths 30 – 137 MHZ and 225 – 400 MHz) are designed for those seeking lower product price and higher efficiency of a radio with just one battery. The size of a radio is 220 x 86 x 44 mm, and its weight with a battery and antenna is less than 1000 g. It also has an internal GPS module.

The COMP@N radios can operate between -32°C and +55°C. It is water resistant up to 1 metres for two hours (MIL-STD-810G).

Robert Czulda