Cassidian Develops Electronics for German Army's New Mobile Communications System

Cassidian, the defence and security division of EADS, has paved the way for the overall integration of the German Armed Forces’ new software-defined radio communications system (“KommSysBw”) by delivering the system’s first electronic components in due time. The project, called “SVFuA” (“Streitkräftegemeinsame Verbundfähige Funkgeräte-Ausstattung” – Interconnectable Joint-Services Radio Equipment), is intended to optimise the Bundeswehr’s jam-resistant mobile voice and data communications in the coming decade, particularly in missions abroad.

“Secure mobile communications are a necessary precondition for the protection of our soldiers,” explains Dr. Rolf Wirtz, Head of the Military Mission Systems unit at Cassidian. “Thanks to our experience with super high frequency equipment and the use of new technology, for example on the basis of gallium nitride, we are in a position to offer an excellent solution for the most complex component of the new radio system.”

The SVFuA project is being developed by Hagenuk Marinekommunikation, TDS, Rohde & Schwarz, Telefunken Racoms and Cassidian, with each of them acting as an independent contractor. Cassidian’s package covers the development of a broadband transmit and receive module. Using the most up-to-date technologies, this module allows for secure data transmission with bit rates of up to 30 Mbits per second. Owing to its wide bandwidth, the broadband module is one of the most challenging elements of the new radio system. The high bandwidth enables the transmission of large volumes of data over long distances, while at the same time ensuring optimum resistance to jamming. A particular challenge in this context is the integration of the electronic subassemblies into the very small space available to ensure that the radio equipment can be easily installed in the vehicles.

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Similar radio frequency components are already being delivered by Cassidian for NATO’s data link programme MIDS (Multifunctional Information Distribution System). For this purpose, the company has set up specialized development and production facilities at its Unterschleissheim, Ulm and Friedrichshafen locations.

Source: Cassidian
Date: May 11, 2012