Volume deliveries for Bittium Tough SDR portable radios have started. Product deliveries are based on a Purchase Agreement signed in December 2018, according to which Bittium will supply portable and portable SDR radios and their accessories to the Finnish Defense Forces. The value of the contract of sale is approximately 10.5 million euros. The volume of deliveries for Bittium Tough SDR Vehicle radios is expected to start in the second half of 2020.
Bittium Tough SDR Handheld Radio (Image source: Bittium)
Modern software-defined Bittium Tough SDR radios allow broadband data transfer and the radios support the reformed combat doctrine of the Finnish Defense Forces. In the first phase, the Tough SDR army will be used by the army and the radios will replace the analog field radios in phases. Part of the performance of software-defined radios will be created through the waveform software used in radio. In this way, the performance of radio stations can be developed throughout their life cycle with the development of software. Bittium Tough SDR radios are compatible with the software-defined Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system, which is already used by the Finnish Defense Forces.
Under the Purchase Agreement, the Finnish Defense Forces have the opportunity to purchase additional tactical radio stations and their accessories, training and management of the system for the use of the army, air force and navy. If the optional additional purchase amounts materialize in full, the total value will be a maximum of around EUR 207 million. There will be separate purchase orders for optional additional purchases.
Bittium Tough SDR product series
The product family of tactical radio stations Bittium Tough SDR consists of Bittium Tough SDR Handheld ™, tactical handheld radio for individual soldiers and Bittium Tough SDR Vehicular ™, tactical radio for vehicle installations. Bittium Tough SDR radios help to create and share real-time situation information (location, image, voice, video and sensory data) at all levels of the organization. This improves the productivity and efficiency of tactical troops, and troop leadership is easier based on modern situational awareness and more reliable connections. The uniquely wide range of frequency bands in radio stations improves the viability of combat operations. The use of several waveforms, such as Bittium TAC WIN, Bittium Narrowband and ESSOR High Data Rate, even simultaneously, improves compatibility and allows operations at different levels and missions. Together with the SDR-based tactical wireless IP network (TAC WIN) system used to form a tactical broadband mobile IP backbone network, it is possible to deliver broadband data and voice to all mobile troops on the battlefield, up to a brigade level at a separate fighter.
Bittium Tough SDR handheld and car radios (Photo source: Bittium)