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Jack Richardson

The SVFuA series joint radio system of the German Armed Forces has received a security certificate with from the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), allowing classic command and control capability at all echelons, with delivery to troops imminent. This comes after the BSI granted manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz certification for classification level SECRET on 15th February 2020.

In 2017, following many years of joint development, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) signed a contract with Rohde & Schwarz for the procurement of the SVFuA (series designation SOVERON D). This system operates on the principle of the Software Defined Radio (SDR) and offers secure, trustworthy communications with Rohde & Schwarz relying on its in-house cryptology development as a key national technology. When development ended in 2016, it was determined that SOVERON D met the requirements for certification, which, in line with the internationally recognised Software Communications Architecture (SCA 2.2.2) standard for SDR radio systems, was a prerequisite for customer acceptance.

In the future, SOVERON D will also use the ESSOR high data rate waveform that was developed within the framework of the trans-European interoperability initiative for armed forces at the tactical level, an initiative the Federal Republic of Germany has joined. In line with the SDR concept, further waveforms can be later loaded on SOVERON D as software which makes SOVERON D a secure investment for the future and supports the digitalisation of the German Armed Forces with the project on track to deliver the first series-produced units to the customer.