Wireless network system used in tactical communications

7th March 2017
Source: Bittium
Posted By : Alice Matthews
Wireless network system used in tactical communications

A purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces has been received by Bittium for further development of the software package (waveform) for the Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system that is used as the wireless broadband network by the Finnish Defence Forces in their M18 command, control and communications system. The work package that was ordered now will be delivered to the Finnish Defence Forces during the years 2017 and 2018.

The product development of the software package is part of the renewal of the Finnish Army’s command, control and communications system, where the software-defined radio based Bittium TAC WIN system forms the core of the Army’s tactical wireless IP network. Bittium TAC WIN provides a mobile broadband IP network connection for the combat troops. This supports the Finnish Army’s reformed combat doctrine, where mobility, leading the troops on the move and effective communications are playing a key role. The main objective for the development work of the software package is to continue enhancing the performance, data transfer capacity and survivability of the software and the related radio platform. The development work is done based on the observations made during field testing and waveform research done by Bittium.

The value of the received purchase order is €3.1m (excl. VAT). The order has no effect on Bittium's financial outlook for the year 2017, published on 20th February 2017 in Bittium's Financial Statement Bulletin 2016.

Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network
Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) is a software-defined radio based wireless broadband network system intended for military and public safety use. With the system MANET (Mobile Ad Hoc Network), link, and connection networks can be formed into one logical IP network quickly, no matter what the location is. Bittium TAC WIN is compatible with existing fixed and wireless network infrastructures. The core of the system is a tactical router that enables users to freely form both wired and wireless broadband data transfer IP connections. Tactical router enables also connections to different types of terminals and other communication systems connecting them into a one communication network.

In addition to the router the system comprises three types of radio heads, and each radio head covers its own frequency band area and can be used for flexible formation of optimised network topologies for different communication needs. All the products of the system are designed for harsh conditions, and thanks to the system's automated functions the implementation of the system can be done quickly. Due to the software-based functionality of the Bittium TAC WIN system, it can be easily updated with additional performance cost-efficiently during the whole lifespan of the system.

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