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THALES TO SUPPLY NEXT
SWEDISH ARMED FORCES.
Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV)
has awarded Thales a contract to equip the Swedish
Armed Forces with a next generation IP-based
tactical communication infrastructure under the KomNod
The Swedish Armed Forces (SwAF) are on the way to
implement an IP-based communication infrastructure.
One critical component in the overall infrastructure will be
integrated voice and IP services in vehicle platforms.
Thales’s comprehensive solution offers a large number of
communication services, such as radio gateway, telephony,
alarms, routing, ETHERNET, intercom and management
services. These services are based upon the next generation
of the well-known, field proven SOTASIP system, a fully
IP-based ruggedised multi-service vehicular platform with
a small physical footprint.
As Glenn Pedersen, Managing Director of Thales
Norway, explains: “We are extremely proud of the trust
we have been given by FMV as part of this programme.
Our success is a recognition of Thales’s technological
excellence and expertise in modern tactical communication
infrastructure, and a demonstration of Thales’s strong
international presence as Thales’s companies in Norway
and the Netherlands will work together, leveraging each
other’s centre of excellence, creating synergies which are
highly beneficial to the customer”.
While SOTAS is developed and produced by Thales
in the Netherlands, most of the software development
dedicated to the Swedish solution will be done in
Norway, further extending Thales’s already long-standing
experience of the needs of the Swedish Armed Forces.
Thales’s solution is a further development of the SOTAS
system already in use by the Norwegian Army, and will
support further Nordic standardisation in this area.
OPERATING BASES: RHEINMETALL
AND PARTNERS TO BUILD
The European Defence Agency, or EDA, has contracted with Rheinmetall
and its partners in Germany and France on March 3 to create a
demonstrator system for protecting military assets and installations
in a multinational context. Standing for “Future Interoperability of Camp
Protection Systems”, the Franco-German FICAPS project seeks to develop
methods and means to harmonize semi-static and mobile protection systems
for the combined (multinational) protection of co-located sections, camps and
Rheinmetall says that the development of a common system architecture
for linking various semi-static and/or mobile protection systems will enable
better cooperation between the armed forces of different nations, thus
fostering greater interoperability.
Interoperability of equipment and systems has emerged as a critical
factor in coalition operations. The company points out that in this era of
international conflict management and intervention, a growing number of
missions involve troops from more than one country.
Having embarked on national programmes to develop systems for
protecting military camps and semi-static bases, Germany and France
agreed back in 2005 to launch a bilateral project to promote European
interoperability of these systems.
Adopting a“system of systems” approach, FICAPS will draw on national
assets to implement a European protection system demonstrator featuring
interoperable capabilities for defending facilities such as forward operating
bases. The programme will involve increased sharing of human and
technological resources in a joint or even combined framework.
The Rheinmetall consortium has been given a three-year processing period
to complete this task.
Artist’s impression of FICAPS Credit: Rheinmetall
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