Bittium, Leonardo and Thales along with the Finnish Defence Forces have demonstrated the capabilities and functionalities of the High Data Rate Waveform (HDRWF) developed in the European ESSOR programme (European Secure Software Defined Radio) in battlefield conditions and with a 15 radio node configuration.
The activity was carried out using three different radio platforms from the three participating ESSOR companies to demonstrate how the land forces of different European countries can communicate seamlessly with each other in joint operations, linking up via a common waveform regardless of the radio platforms they use.
The capabilities of the waveform were showcased by operating different applications, such as command and control (C2), situational awareness, video streaming and VoIP (Voice over IP), in mobility, demonstrating the ad-hoc capability of the ESSOR HDRWF, with fast and robust network building and reforming.
The radio platforms used for the demonstration were the Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system, the Leonardo SWave vehicular 4-channels SDR, and the Thales SDR vehicular platform.
The participants believed the event proved the maturity and stability of the ESSOR HDRWF for battlefield use, as it was the first time the ESSOR HDRWF has been demonstrated with such an extensive radio configuration in battlefield conditions. Operations conducted by the Finnish Defence Forces confirmed its ability to provide interoperability communications and services among diverse coalition armed forces on the field.
Colonel Eero Valkola, Assistant Chief of Staff G6, Finnish Army, commented: “The successful demonstration indicated that the ESSOR HDR Waveform on its significant part redeems the expectations set for software defined radios.
“Now for the first time it was possible to validate with field demonstrations that radios from different manufacturers and countries can efficiently form a data communications network and also offer the needed interoperability for land forces. Additionally, the waveform was proven to be just as capable as its specification has required it to be.”
The demonstration was part of the Finnish Defence Forces’ programme for testing the national waveform implementation; the nations of Italy and France were invited to participate in order to further prove the interoperability results.
Bittium, Leonardo and Thales had previously demonstrated part of the interoperability capabilities and the functionalities of the waveform at the Eurosatory defense exhibition in June 2016.
The aim of the ESSOR programme is to develop the European Software Defined Radio technology in order to improve the capabilities for co-operation in coalition operations. The programme was established under the umbrella of the European Defense Agency (EDA), sponsored by the governments of Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden.