The Indian Armed Forces will be equipped with about 55,000 radio stations with state-of-the-art software, as the current system has limited or no data transmission capabilities.
The Ministry of Defense of India has announced that it will replace the army Combat Net Radio (CNR) with modern software radio stations (SDR), which will be produced by Indian companies. CNR is currently the basis of communication for the Indian Army on the battlefield.
“To equip soldiers with the benefits of technology and prepare it to wage war in the Net-Centric battlefield, current radio stations will soon be replaced by locally developed software-defined radio (SDR), which have improved capability to transmit data, improved voice clarity and accuracy of data transmission in a spectrally noisy environment, “the ministry announced on Thursday.
SDRs – developed by the state-funded Defense Research and Development Organization – support multiple waveforms, making communications more difficult to detect and silence than the enemy. At least 18 companies will make prototypes before one is awarded the SDR contract.
A recent report by the Indian Design Bureau warned that imported communications equipment was at increased risk of embedded viruses and malware. On Friday, the defense ministry said that “SDRs provide greater system security and better viability of communication in a clear and secure mode to meet the operational requirements of the Indian Army.”
Earlier, the Indian military tried to redesign the communication system through a global tender, but failed for unknown reasons.
The military is estimated to be spending more than $ 1 billion to buy next-generation equipment for the upgrade.
Source: RIA Novosti
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