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Bittium Tough radios for Spain's VCR pilot

3rd October 2018 - 08:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Bittium’s Bittium Tough software defined radio (SDR) has been selected for the pilot phase of the Spanish Army's 8x8 wheeled combat vehicle (VCR) programme, the company announced on 27 September.

The company will supply the tactical Bittium Tough SDR vehicular radios together with the European Secure Software Defined Radio High Data Rate Waveform (ESSOR HDR WF) for the pilot vehicles of the programme, under which Spain is acquiring new combat vehicles to replace its aging fleet.

The radios will be delivered to the temporary joint venture UTE 8x8 formed by the Spanish companies General Dynamics European Land Systems Santa Bárbara Sistemas, Indra and SAPA. Following the pilot phase, a separate procurement decision will be made for the supply of vehicular radios for Spain's combat vehicles.

Bittium’s vehicular radios will form part of the tactical communications system of the pilot VCRs to demonstrate the capabilities and performance of the system.

The two-channel Bittium Tough SDR vehicular radio can use the waveform that best suits the mission, such as the Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network Waveform, ESSOR HDR Waveform or Bittium Narrowband Waveform. This flexibility improves combat survivability. The radio can also be installed with an LTE module which allows the radio to be used for creating a connection to commercial LTE networks.

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