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12 Nov 15. General Dynamics Mission Systems’ radios will provide the communications for the new U.S. Air Force Deployable Instrument Landing System (D-ILS). The system, built by Thales, will give pilots the precision guidance they need to land at locations where the existing air traffic control system is unavailable or where no infrastructure exists, including temporary airfields in austere, isolated locations. The D-ILS will use the General Dynamics CM-300/350 V2 air traffic control (ATC) radios along with the Fortress ES2440 High-capacity Mesh Point wireless backhaul radios.
“The General Dynamics Mission Systems radios offer an integrated solution with commercial off-the-shelf products, delivering significant cost savings in bringing this new Air Force capability into service,” said Mike DiBiase, a vice president of General Dynamics Mission Systems.
The Thales D-ILS system will provide pilots with precise landing instructions during final approach in low-visibility or low-ceiling weather conditions. The system will also provide the Air Force with a highly deployable system for rapid set-up, activation and relocation during Air Force tactical and restoral-of-service operations. The General Dynamics Mission Systems CM-300/350 V2 radios are the first VoIP UHF and VHF radios approved by the FAA for ground-to-air communications. The radios are being installed in airport control towers, FAA regional centers and training facilities nationwide. General Dynamics Mission Systems’ Fortress wireless technology is currently used in military operations where vehicles, deployed assets, sensor devices and soldiers are operating in large outdoor areas and allows these distributed assets to connect to the network without the considerations and constraints of traditional wired networks.
12 Nov 15. Bittium has received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces to start the productization of the European high data rate radio waveform developed in the ESSOR (European Secure Software-defined Radio) program. According to the purchase order the productization will begin with a study and the porting of the ESSOR waveform to the software-defined radio based Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system in use in the Finnish Defence Forces. Bittium has been part of the ESSOR program since it started in January 2009. The aim of the program is to develop the European software-defined radio technology in order to improve the capabilities for cooperation in joint inter-country operations. The now ordered porting of the waveform to the national software-defined radio based system adheres to the goal of the ESSOR program in enabling the interoperability of the systems in joint European operations. The first phase of the European Defence Agency’s ESSOR program has now successfully ended. In addition to the European high data rate radio waveform the program has produced the definition for the European software-defined radio architecture. It is based on the Software Communication Architecture (SCA) developed originally in the United States in the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program. The SCA is expected to be the standard for radio systems used by authorities in joint international operations and crisis management. The goal of the ESSOR program is also to have the ESSOR waveform accepted as the standard for NATO’s high data rate waveform. Besides Bittium the other parties in the first phase of the ESSOR program were Indra from Spain, Radmor from Poland, Saab from Sweden, Selex ES from Italy, and Thales Communications & Security from France. The parties are currently in negotiations about the second phase of the program. The most important goal of the second phase is to achieve operational performance for the ESSOR system.
Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN), which is in use in the Finnish