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First worldwide demonstration of SYNAPS, the new-generation software-defined radio from Thales

From 21 to 24 November, a series of full-scale operational demonstrations of SYNAPS, the new generation of software-defined radios from Thales, was successfully completed in Chantilly, France. Representatives of more than 20 armed forces who are already Thales customers had a chance to witness the outstanding performance of this new-generation radio family, which was launched at the Eurosatory exhibition in June 2016.

Thales is supporting the digital transformation of the armed forces and has developed SYNAPS to provide the tactical network capability they need for real-time collaborative combat. The system provides the optimum combination of high data rates, security, integrity and confidentiality. It is the only system of its kind in the marketplace and represents a great leap forward in radio communications for the armed forces.

The SYNAPS radio is based on developments conducted for CONTACT, Europe's largest software radio programme, which was awarded to Thales in June 2012 by the French defence procurement agency (DGA) and will equip the French armed forces from 2019.


  • SYNAPS is built around technologies compliant with the latest NATO and international coalition standards, most notably the ESSOR (European Secure Software Defined Radio) high-data-rate standard, developed by the armed forces of six European nations (Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden). ESSOR is also a candidate for the NATO specification and standard. In addition, SYNAPS radios are reprogrammable and ready to accommodate new standards in the future.
  • SYNAPS radio communication systems offer user services including voice, messaging, video, chat and Blue Force Tracking simultaneously and with differentiated quality of service, with the most critical data transfers being accorded priority status. SYNAPS radio communication systems provide the optimum combination of data rates, security and connectivity and adapt automatically as operational deployments are reconfigured during a mission.
  • SYNAPS is suitable for forces of various sizes ranging from a few dozen users to joint brigade level deployments.
  • SYNAPS is designed for all types of users, all platform types and all branches of the armed forces as well as joint, combined arms and allied operations.

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