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EADS mobile digital radio system for out-of-area operations handed over to the Bundeswehr

Ulm/Lahnstein, 05 December 2006

Within the framework of the TETRAPOL Bw procurement project, the first mobile digital radio system for out-of-area operations was handed over to the German Armed Forces on 4 December. In the future, it will be available to Command Support Battalion 283. Dr. Wolf-Dietrich Mahler, First Director of the Federal Office for Information Management and Information Technology of the Bundeswehr (IT-AmtBw) symbolically presented the first radio device to the Colonel of the General Staff Schoepe, Head of Department, Command Support, in the Joint Support Command.

TETRAPOL Bw is a contribution to the transformation of the Bundeswehr and increases the command capabilities and security of soldiers when on missions. The procurement project includes the delivery of 30 mobile, fully autonomous digital radio systems for out-of-area operations by the end of 2007. These systems will enable the Bundeswehr to ensure mobile voice and data communication for forces in a secure and fail-safe network at all tactical communication levels. The procurement project is worth € 55 million.

The entire systems will be delivered by EADS Secure Networks; base stations – with a range of 25 kilometres for voice and data transmission - hardware, workstations and air conditioning technology are housed in standard military containers and can thus be moved quickly. The scope of delivery includes 10,000 terminals. The terminals also allow a direct mode communication, i.e. bypassing the base station at close range (2.5 km). The provision of one training system is also part of the order placed with EADS Secure Networks; this system has already been delivered and used for training over the past few months. Last but not least, EADS Secure Networks is supplying a wide range of accessories, which ensure that soldiers are optimally equipped for every possible mission. Hidden carrying devices, hands-free communication via headset or push-to-talk button on the rifle are features that have not previously been available in this form for the Bundeswehr.

The mobile radio systems are based on the digital TETRAPOL standard. This radio technology distinguishes itself by its high reliability and practical feasibility. Its capabilities have already been demonstrated on Bundeswehr missions in Afghanistan and Kosovo – when deployed as a communication platform for the integrated command and control system. The TETRAPOL standard meets the high requirements of functionality, availability, reliability, transmission quality, radio coverage and illumination in normal and rugged terrain. TETRAPOL is also used by the allied Armed Forces and by NATO. Thanks to this technology, the Bundeswehr can secure network enhanced capabilities for out-of-area operations.

EADS Secure Networks is part of the Business Unit Defence and Communications Systems (DCS), the “Systems House” of EADS, an integrated unit of the EADS Defence & Security Systems Division (DS). DS is a system solutions provider. It combines military air systems, missile systems, communications and intelligence systems, global security solutions as well as sensor and avionics systems into a single effective network. With 2005 revenues of € 5.6 billion, the Division employs 23,000. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2005, EADS generated revenues of € 34.2 billion and employed a workforce of about 113,000.

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