Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, has attained further major goals within the Italian Soldato Futuro programme in the shape of two contracts, together worth about 60 million euro, relating to the SWave Software Defined Radio (SDR) portable terminals and TM-NVG (Tactical Mobility Night Vision Goggles).
The Soldato Futuro programme, currently being developed with the Italian Army, will lead to the complete modernisation of the systems and equipment of soldiers, aligning their operating capacities with the requirements of current and future scenarios.
The first supply consists of 2726 radio SDR handhelds thanks to which the Italian Army’s light infantry troops will be equipped with new wideband communication systems. This is a first batch, which has already successfully received the approval of the General Defence Staff, and is part of the lot envisaged for the next five to six years.
The SDR, which represents the most cutting-edge synthesis of radio and IT transmissions, is a new-concept platform able to host various wave forms interoperable with systems already in use and future ones.
This permits the realisation of effective economies of scale for the customer, especially as regards logistical support. Selex ES said it is the first company in Europe to mass produce SDRs, including its portable version.