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Elbit Systems has been awarded a contract valued at around US$338M by the Swiss Federal Department of Defense, Civil Protection and Sport to provide an army-wide tactical mobile Software Defined Radio (SDR) network solution under the Telecommunications Armed Forces (TK A) digitisation programme. The contract will be performed over a period of six years.

This award follows more than three years of extensive and competitive technical as well as field evaluations conducted by the Federal Office for Defense Procurement and the Swiss Armed Forces. The digital mobile network solution to be provided is based on the E-LynX family of open architecture SDR, enabling fast, reliable and secure communication across the Swiss Armed Forces. The army-wide E-LynX mobile network solution to be provided under this contract incorporates advanced waveforms and includes the SMARTm routing solution as well as vehicular intercom.

The E-LynX family of mobile tactical communications solutions is based on the most advanced Software-Defined Radio technology, supporting broadband data communications across manoeuvring tactical joint battle groups. These SDRs offer a secure and reliable tactical communications solution to all echelons – from the individual soldier on the battlefield to deployed headquarters. The E-LynX tactical solution is a fourth generation communication solution provided by Elbit Systems, while maintaining compatibility with hundreds of thousands of CNR radios sold worldwide.

Comprised of the latest generation of multi band-channel-waveform tactical IP radio, the E-LynX family provides combat-proven MANET capabilities to a variety of platforms over any terrain type. Strong error correction algorithms eliminate the possibility of lost data packets and a self-healing, self-forming ad-hoc networking capability ensures robust data communications of several megabits per second at adaptable bandwidths for an extensive rage.

Elbit E-LynX Features

The E-LynX family supports several wave forms that can be easily optimised to the demands of customers, while supporting simultaneous voice and data transmission and distinctive automatic routing and relay capability that dramatically extends its reach even over harsh field conditions. Its mobile ad-hoc networking (MANET) provides continuous IP networking connectivity throughout any mission.

The E-LynX solution, based on an extensive line of tactical radios, can be adapted to various platforms covering a wide rang of mobile tactical needs in support of current and future battlefield requirements. The line of radios include the PNR-1000 Personal Network Radio with full duplex voice conferencing supporting both data and voice transmission the maximises communications dependability and range while minimising the network’s vulnerability.

Arie Egozi