The future of tactical communication on today’s battlefield: in real time and on the go

The current conflict scenarios are undergoing far-reaching changes that affect the operational needs of the land, air and naval forces as well as the state security forces or emergency agencies. The solutions must take into account both the needs of the rescue units and the fighters facing other armed forces on different battlefields. Gone are the days when voice communication, files, and still images were all you need. Today we’re talking about applications with a growing demand for real-time transmission of video and data between teams that allow all units, from headquarters to the field service team, to see a common picture and work together as a unit. uniform if all relevant information is available and accessible to all.

Therefore, highly agile, state-of-the-art tactical communication equipment is required that is quick to deploy, is scalable and remains robust even in the chaos scenarios that fighters and rescue teams often face.

The latest generation of software-defined radio or SDR radios play a fundamental role in such scenarios. The characteristics that must be met include the ability to build an efficient and automated communications network without the need for infrastructure or frequency and capacity planning beforehand.

You need to be able to hook up emergency units to work as a unified unit and create a reliable and sustainable emergency communications network. They also need to be able to work so that the units they are using have the fastest possible response time to be able to make decisions that will ultimately save lives. Users using this type of communication system need reliable means of transmitting information in the form of video, voice, or text.

An example of this type of solution is the multinational Rafael Advanced Defense Systems’ family of BNET radios, which act as the backbone of a communications network and provide important benefits by providing broadband, low delay, and reliability of connectivity. The SDR type BNET radio has a number of patented functions with which forces deployed on the ground, on vehicles or in the air can be used even when geographical and operational scenarios are very complex.

The features of the BNET family include multiband operation, IP-based network connection (Internet Protocol), multi-channel reception, and network management of the MANET type. Mobile ad hoc network (low delay, scalability, which enables more operation) of a thousand terminals and the high degree of integration. BNET receives and processes hundreds of MHz at the same time. They are brought together in the same flat IP network, with scarce frequency resources being cognitively managed and providing high cohesion to users with minimal planning. SDR allows the user to define and customize various waveforms.

It is offered for aircraft (BNET-AR), in portable format for foot soldiers (BNET -HH), in backpack format for tactical controls (BNET-MPS) as well as for fixed installations and in vehicles (BNET-V). (Ismael Pizarro)

Photo: The BNet Family of Radios (Author)

The BNet-HH radio for the foot soldier (Author)

The BNet-AR aircraft radio (Author)

The BNet-V vehicle version (Author)

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