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Thales shows performance of its SYNAPS radio family to Spanish Armed Forces | Defense News July 2020 Global Security army industry | Defense Security global news industry army 2020


Thales presented to the Spanish Armed Forces, DGAM (Public Procurement Agency) and the Ministry of Defense, the presentation of its software-defined SYNAPS radio stations to provide state-of-the-art radio communications to the new 8×8 Dragón vehicle for the Spanish Armed Forces, as well as for the Joint Tactical Radio System (SCRT).
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The new SYNAPS family of software-defined radio systems (SDR) (Photo source: Thales)


The new family of software-defined radio systems (SDR) SYNAPS offers a set of remarkable and unique features that allow you to meet the current and future needs of the armed forces, ensuring the superiority of information through communities of interest. This is a leap forward in the digital transformation and an opportunity for technological development of the industry. All this will provide the Armed Forces with operational superiority and ensure international interoperability, as well as the continuity and development of the radio family throughout its life cycle. It will also ensure maximum use of spectrum and the exchange of secure critical data between all participants.

In addition, this family of radios will provide logistical superiority to the armed forces, as fewer radios are needed to cover the needs of both programs, leading to a reduction in vehicle consumption, weight and number of antennas, while improving the imprint of logistics configurations. All this is reflected in a clear reduction in maintenance costs. As they are fully compatible with the PR4G radios currently used by the Spanish Armed Forces, SYNAPS radios are immediately ready for deployment within the armed forces without any technical or calendar risk, in a smooth transition. SYNAPS can be gradually introduced without jeopardizing the operational readiness of the Forces, which allows optimized and mastered gradual modernization of the entire radio fleet.

Within 8×8 GDLS Dragon VCR The Thales Vehicle Program also demonstrated the improvements in the vehicle management and control system that are currently being made in collaboration with Indra, as a very satisfying experience in the collaboration between the two companies to provide the best tools to command and control.

Thales’ offer also includes a detailed export co-operation plan for Spain, which will develop its own high-value-added technology and preserve national sovereignty in tactical communications. Thales has over 1,400 employees in Spain. In his place, Leganés (in the Madrid region), he established his defense, aviation and security activities, with a special center for radio production and maintenance. Thales has also outsourced various elements of its new software-defined SYNAPS radio family to the Basque company Manufacturas Zeta, which will produce components for the manual version SYNAPS-H for the soldier, as well as for SYNAPS-T and SYNAPS-V for ground vehicles. This cooperation is a sign of Thales’ long-standing trust in Spanish SMEs, facilitating the technological development of national industry and international cooperation.


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