On 14 June, Bittium announced that the Finnish Air Force will induct the company’s TACTICAL WIRELESS IP NETWORK (TAC WIN) system as part of the service’s modernisation of its radio network using a software-defined radio (SDR) based solution. Already in service with other branches of the Finnish armed forces, TAC WIN will be delivered to the Air Force this year, the company announced. The value of the order is approx. €900,000.

TAC WIN is an SDR-based wireless broadband network system intended for military and public safety use. With the system mobile ad hoc network (MANET) link, networks can be formed into one logical location-independent IP network quickly and is compatible with existing fixed and wireless network infrastructures. The core of the system is a tactical router that enables users to freely form both wired and wireless broadband data transfer IP connections and also provides connectivity to different types of terminals. In addition to the router the system comprises three types of radio heads, each used for flexible formation of optimised network topologies and covering its own frequency band area. The entire system is designed for harsh conditions and can be implemented quickly.

The TAC WIN system will significantly improve the survivability, flexibility and ease of use of the Finnish Air Force’s wireless data transfer infrastructure. At the same time it will enhance the cooperation capabilities between the Finnish Air Force and the other military branches, as well as the development of the command and control, shared situational awareness and data transfer architecture,“ Lt.Col. Kari Partinen, Assistant Chief of Staff C4IS, observed.


The tactical router lies at the heart of Bittium’s TAC WIN network. (Photo: Bittium)

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