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Bittium has received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces to continue porting the European ESSOR (European Secure SOftware-defined Radio) program’s OC1 (Operational Capability 1) wideband waveform to the Bittium Tough SDR radios. These radios will be delivered to the Finnish Defence Forces. With the current purchase order, the porting proceeds from design phase to implementation phase. The porting of the waveform to the national software-defined radios enables compatibility between radios used in European coalition operations, in accordance with the goals of the ESSOR programme.

The first phase of the programme was successfully completed in 2015. In addition to the European High Data Rate Waveform, the first phase of the program produced and validated the definition for the European Software Defined Radio Architecture which was ported and qualified on six different European platforms. Since 2017, the program has continued with the ESSOR Operational Capability 1 (OC1) phase, which aims to enhance the operational capabilities of the ESSOR High Data Waveform (HDR WF).

Bittium Tough SDR Tactical Radios will be among the firsts to support the ESSOR waveform. (Foto: Bittium)

The aim of the ESSOR program is to develop the European Software Defined Radio technology in order to improve the capabilities for cooperation in coalition operations. The program was started in 2009 under the umbrella of the European Defense Agency (EDA), has been sponsored by the governments of Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Spain, and Sweden. It was awarded by OCCAR to the dedicated joint venture Alliance for ESSOR (a4ESSOR S.A.S.) to be in charge of managing the industrial consortium.

Members of the industrial consortium are Bittium from Finland, Indra from Spain, Leonardo from Italy, Radmor from Poland and Thales from France. Germany will also enter the program with Rohde & Schwarz as designated industrial representative.

Dorothee Frank