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Rohde & Schwarz (RS) presents its cutting-edge secure communications and intelligence systems at booth S2-268 in the South Hall of DSEI 2017.

The company’s innovative portfolio includes interoperable, powerful communications systems for deployment on land, in the air and at sea.

RS offers secure communications solutions that provide interoperability as well as national information superiority for all branches of the armed forces. The German technology group’s advanced software defined radios (SDR) make an important contribution toward modernising the German Armed Forces' (Bundeswehr) mobile tactical communications systems. In June 2017, Rohde & Schwarz was awarded a contract from the German Federal Ministry of Defence (MoD) to equip 50 command and control (C2) vehicles with the joint radio system for the German Armed Forces.

This system, which is also known as SVFuA, is the first pillar in the MoTaKo modernisation project for digitising mobile tactical communications within the Bundeswehr. As part of this forward-looking project, RS for the first time ported diverse existing waveforms to the radios, based on the internationally established software communications architecture (SCA).

Effective operational communications require that national interests be protected. At the same time, the various branches of the armed forces and various nations must be able to communicate with one another. Secure communications is made possible by deploying innovative waveforms that enable the use of modern IP technology. RS created the R&S HDR high data rate, jam-resistant family of waveforms to match a variety of mission scenarios and to provide simultaneous voice and data communications. In combination with the advanced software defined radios from RS, system solutions are obtained that deliver mobile tactical communications in network centric operations for individual soldiers as well as vehicular, naval and airborne platforms.

Also on display is R&S NAVICS from RS – the first RS system to take advantage of commercially available IT technologies for internal and external naval communications. R&S NAVICS is an IP-based, scalable, easy-to-operate solution. It serves as the backbone for voice and data communications on all classes of ships. The British Royal Navy equips its Type 26 Global Combat Ships (GCS) with this system.

Another highlight will be an ELINT system developed by RS to increase the effectiveness of R-ESM systems. Created with a focus on user-friendliness and comprehensive functionality, the system is optimized for detecting, monitoring and analysing modern radar signals. It was designed to handle challenging signal scenarios and has already proven itself in operation, especially in acquiring weak and LPI signals in dense signal environments and analysing state-of-the-art multifunctional radars with complex signal structures. The system’s hardware and software are closely harmonised and ensure consistent operation from signal acquisition to updating national databases. The innovative ELINT system is modular, scalable and can be used on a variety of platforms. It is already deployed by major European countries.

RS also showcases its COMINT/C-ESM solutions, which can be fully customised to meet the requirements of the most diverse intelligence missions. These radiomonitoring systems from RS are deployed worldwide in land-based mobile and stationary applications and on naval and airborne platforms. The company’s portfolio is further enhanced with a solution that addresses a current and growing security threat. The R&S ARDRONIS radiomonitoring solution enables users to detect and identify drone control signals early on, take bearings of the signal source and, if necessary, prevent the drones from being used.

DSEI 2017 is showcasing the future of innovation across defences and www.monch.com brings together key developments from the show. For more information please see MILITARY TECHNOLOGY #9/2017, available at the show on the Mönch stand S2-165; and frequently check back for more NEWS FROM THE FLOOR.


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Rohde & Schwarz’ advanced software defined radios (SDR) make an important contribution toward modernising the Bundeswehr mobile tactical communications systems. In June 2017, Rohde & Schwarz was awarded a contract from the German Federal Ministry of Defence (MoD) to equip 50 command and control (C2) vehicles with the joint radio system for the German Armed Forces. (Photo: Bundeswehr)

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