Following a competitive solicitation and technical testing, Telefunken RACOMS, an Elbit Systems’ subsidiary, was selected by the German Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide the German Army with the E-LynX soldier radios (PNR 1000) in handheld and vehicular configurations. The E-LynX soldier radios will be used at the platoon and company levels and will be installed onboard various combat vehicles including the SPz PUMA.
Part of the E-LynX family, the SDR (software defined radio) PNR-1000 radio offers 64-member ad-hoc networking including automatic voice and data relay, significantly enhancing the soldier’s situational awareness and operational effectiveness, featuring the full NATO RF spectrum 225-512 Megahertz (MHz).
In-depth transfer of technology (TOT) will facilitate local development and manufacturing of the E-LynX soldier radios that will be supplied to the German Army as well as the development of further extensions and capabilities. No further details whether this will include the development of new waveforms were provided. Development and production will be conducted in the company’s production and research & development (R&D) facilities in Ulm, Germany, which will also serve as the support and R&D centre for Germany.
The E-LynX soldier radios facilitate advanced networked combat solutions in both open field and in urban areas. This radio system provides forces with the capability to use several voice groups in a single channel and fast data services. It also enables effective closing of the sensor to shooter loop and accurate monitoring of forces location based on radio integrated Blue Force Tracking (BFT) capability. The radios that will be supplied feature advanced networking waveform with unique concurrent flooding techniques that extend range over a multi-hop network, improve network agility and robustness while dramatically reducing network latency.
The SDR furthermore features efficient bandwidth for voice and data at 100/200 Kilohertz (KHz) with a Frequency Band of 225-512 MHz, AES 256 encryption based on FIPS 197 standard, and an output power of 2W (10W in vehicular configuration). Connecting PNR-1000 to an intercom system enables the soldiers to dismount from the vehicle and move freely with full connectivity. The system provides intra-team wireless conferencing communications, as well as interconnectivity to long-range VHF/HF/UHF networks, via the vehicle’s mounted tactical radios. As an option the radio can be connected to vehicular configuration with 10 w amplifier for extended range.
“We are proud to have been selected to provide the German Army with E-Lynx soldier radios," Haim Delmar, EVP and General Manager of Elbit Systems' C4I & Cyber Division, said. "I am confident the open architecture nature of the E-Lynx radio system, the depth of the TOT involved and the excellent capabilities we have in Germany, will facilitate on-time deliveries, effective local support and the collaborative evolvement needed for developing future services and applications.”