SELEX Elsag demonstrates UK MoD Operating Base
SELEX Elsag builds on success as open communications systems architect at UK MoD Operating Base demonstration SELEX Elsag, a Finmeccanica company, is supporting the UK MoD’s activities to establish a Generic Base Architecture (GBA), adopting a standards-based approach for the future evolution of individual systems within a tactical base. At GBA2 in October this year, SELEX Elsag will demonstrate that it has the capability to establish the base communications architecture into which it can integrate any legacy, current and future communications systems.
Experience from recent operations shows that there is a requirement for robust, high capacity communications links at all levels of command throughout the deployed force. SELEX Elsag’s latest developments will increase the overall capability of the tactical base through the improved communication of information to enable enhanced C4ISTAR. At GBA2, through its ongoing involvement with Finmeccanica’s Battlespace Solutions-led Team CASTRUM, SELEX Elsag is combining a number of existing and new communications solutions. These include elements of its Sentinel Wide Area Network switching system, the in-service Encrypted Personal Role Radio, a Casualty Locator Beacon development, the Fixed Base Force Protection system, the next-generation FrontLine Soldier Radio (FSR) and a Talon Lite satcom terminal. SELEX Elsag will also be demonstrating Sentinel Mobile, providing wireless broadband connectivity to dismounted and mobile forces operating away from their bases. This will incorporate new Situational Awareness applications running on secure 3G Smartphones and Tablet PCs.
The SELEX Elsag Sentinel system, already part of the UK FALCON programme, working alongside systems such as Bowman, will improve communications within and between command posts and tactical bases. The company’s latest initiative introduces a mobile extension to Sentinel, incorporating secure 3G COTS-based wireless broadband technology. This will enable much improved connectivity, and enhanced C4ISTAR, for dismounted and mobile forces operating away from their bases, whether on land, air or naval platforms. Improved connectivity for dismounted forces will be further enhanced with the recent launch of the dual net, dual band SELEX Elsag FSR. SELEX Elsag’s pedigree is as a supplier of COTS-based communications solutions based on open systems standards. These capabilities are widely employed today by military forces across the world. Governments and Defence Ministries are looking to Industry to offer new solutions that can migrate across defence, security and commercial sectors, whilst delivering decisive advantage at an affordable price.
SELEX Elsag believes that the enhanced communications capabilities that will be demonstrated at GBA2 directly meet the requirements of the UK and its Allies. GBA2 provides the opportunity to demonstrate the company’s ability to operate as the UK’s de facto base communications architects of choice.
Major General (Ret’d) David McDowall, Vice-President Strategy, says, “At GBA2, we will demonstrate that decisive operational advantage can be delivered at an affordable price. I am convinced that, in terms of our main effort – support to current operations – these advantages can quickly be incorporated to complement and enhance the existing Deployed Technical Architecture in use on current operations in Afghanistan. This is an equally exciting opportunity to embrace these latest SELEX Elsag developments to set a new architectural standard for future joint operations, which can also be adopted and exploited to extend affordable secure networking solutions into the government, homeland security and commercial sectors.”
More from Digital Battlespace
Northrop Grumman achieves design milestone for US Pacific missile tracking
The company's Relay Ground Station-Asia for the US Naval Information Warfare Center, to be stationed in Guam, has passed its preliminary design review.
Progressing an artificial advantage: Battlefield AI and C4ISR support (Sponsored)
The movement of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies towards the frontline is gathering apace as computing power grows and can be more supportive of military operations.
L3Harris, Amazon team up to advance battlespace networking
L3Harris Technologies has announced an agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to demonstrate networking and sensor fusion capabilities across a distributed battlespace. The two companies …
From Information to Insight (sponsored)
Until the 21st century, intelligence was gathered in discreet ways. People would go undercover, use secret codes, and pass intelligence over at park benches. With thanks to the huge leap forward in technology, we now live in a world with an abundance of easily accessible information.
L3Harris contracted for mobility research to inform autonomous systems development
L3Harris has been contracted by the US Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity to carry out human mobility modelling and simulation to support development of future autonomous systems.
US Marine Corps enhances tactical comms with L3Harris radio contracts
The US Marine Corps is acquiring further L3Harris Falcon IV tactical radios under two new contracts.