Bittium supplies NATO’s DIANA Test Centres with tactical communications technology as part of the research infrastructure

Bittium has supplied NATO’s DIANA (Defence Innovation Accelerator for the North Atlantic) test centres with software defined radio based Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network™ (TAC WIN) system and Bittium Tough SDR™ soldier and vehicle radios. The new technology test centres will be established at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland’s sites in Otaniemi, Espoo and University of Oulu. The state-of the-art products, which provide broadband tactical communications and are used for example by defense forces in different countries, will be part of the research infrastructure of the test centres.

NATO’s DIANA test centres help companies of NATO countries to strengthen their technological expertise and competitiveness. The test centres offer tools for technology development, and the technology themes of the test centres are related to next-generation communication systems, 6G technology, cybersecurity, and quantum and space technologies.

The research infrastructure and experts provided by the test centres will allow companies to evaluate their own concepts and technologies and get support to develop them. The test centres will consist of comprehensive research facilities and equipment, as well as top-level expertise in the sector. Bittium’s products will be used to build communications networks in the test centres. In the test networks, TAC WIN system’s extensive features for integration as well as the broadband Bittium TAC WIN Waveform™ used by both the TAC WIN system and Tough SDR radios, enable, among other things, multiple services to run simultaneously.

Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network™

Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) is a software-defined radio (SDR) 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. The tactical router also enables connections to different types of terminals and other communication systems in order to connect them into a single 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 optimized 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, which allows it to be developed and maintained cost-efficiently throughout the whole lifespan of the system.

More information: Bittium TAC WIN system

Bittium Tough SDR™ product family

Bittium Tough SDR product family of tactical radios consists of Bittium Tough SDR Handheld™, tactical handheld radio for individual soldiers, and Bittium Tough SDR Vehicular™, tactical radio for vehicle installations. The Tough SDR radios help to produce and share real time situational awareness to all levels of the organization. This improves the performance and the effectiveness of the tactical troops, and leading the troops is easier based on the up-to-date situational awareness and more reliable connections. The uniquely wide range of frequency bands in the radios improves combat survivability. Using several waveforms, even simultaneously, improves compatibility and enables operations on different levels and missions. Together with the software-defined radio based Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network™ (TAC WIN) system, used for forming a broadband mobile IP backbone network, it is possible to bring broadband data and voice to all mobile troops across the battlefield.

More information: Bittium Tough SDR Handheld radio and Bittium Tough SDR Vehicular radio

NATO DIANA

DIANA is NATO’s innovation accelerator, bringing together innovators from member states to support NATO’s technological leadership, defend its one billion citizens and maintain peace and security. NATO established DIANA to help develop dual-use technologies that meet security and defense challenges. DIANA supports companies working on solutions in key sectors identified by NATO member states.

More information: DIANA website

 

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