Mobile tactical communication
Information is the basis for decisions and its quantity and quality decide success or failure. In a complex military environment the availability of information at the right time, at the right place in the necessary quality is the key pillar for mission success.
Guidance capability and information superiority guarantee the mission capability of forces
The digitalisation of communication has opened up entirely new opportunities for military guidance. New services can now be provided to anyone, at any time and at any place. However, a key condition is the availability of suitable means for the transport of this information and services.
The internet is based on broadband IT networks. Optical networks permit the transmission of TerraBit/s over any distance. Connected wireless networks offer users the opportunity to use broadband services mobile via smartphones and seemingly anywhere. However, these opportunities come to an abrupt end if the communication networks are no longer available.
Military missions cannot be based on such technologies but must offer an entirely independent autarkic use. Here, the provision of information in the highly mobile, so-called tactical environment poses a particular challenge, because only radio-based systems can be used here.
The programme for mobile tactical communication (MoTaKo) aims at providing all users from the command post to the soldier with the necessary information and services. The design of a holistic, radio-based communication network is based on various radio technologies. Suitable systems in the tactical environment are VHF/UHF/HF and SATCOM.
With NEXIUM Theatre, Thales makes sure that MoTaKo or the resulting network is more than the sum total of its parts. What matters is that voice and data can actually be exchanged between different nodes beyond the command hierarchies. NEXIUM is a framework: On the one hand it contains concrete communication solutions optimised for a networked approach, e.g. NEXIUM Satcom or NEXIUM LTE. On the other it contains comprehensive planning and management tools to plan, establish and operate a complex overriding architecture for different communication systems.
The challenge is to integrate various platforms – from portable radios of the infantry soldier via fixed or mobile command posts to satellite communication – in an architecture in which every element is mastered and which is also interoperable with the alliance partners.
- 11 Dec 2017From 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.
- 20 Jun 2017
Thales and Inmarsat successfully conclude tests demonstrating resilient communications using System 21 modem over Global Xpress high-capacity steerable antennasInmarsat and Thales executed a series of tests that successfully demonstrated communications using Thales’ System 21 on Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) high-capacity steerable antennas.
- 30 Mar 2017Whereas VHF/UHF/HF only permit limited ranges or bandwidths, modern SATCOM systems offer broadband services at any location.
- 15 Feb 2017The latest development in the field of tactical radio systems and on-board communication solutions for land, air and sea forces is SYNAPS, the new software-defined radio product family based technologically on the French CONTACT programme and aimed at an international market.