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The high-speed waveform developed under OCCAR’s leadership in the PESCO European Secure Software Defined Radio (ESSOR) project has been accepted by the contracting authorities and may now be put into use, according to German radio manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz.

In the ESSOR OC1 (Operational capability 1) contract, OCCAR commissioned the “Alliance for ESSOR” (a4ESSOR) in 2017 to develop a basic waveform for a high data rate (HDR). The a4ESSOR joint venture includes companies from five EU nations:

  • Bittium (Finland)
  • Indra (Spain)
  • Leonardo (Italy)
  • Radmor (Poland)
  • Rohde & Schwarz (Germany)
  • Thales (France).

The contract runs for 63 months and is worth €100M.  Formal acceptance of the HDR Waveform (HDR WF) was conditional on successful acceptance tests at Leonardo Laboratories at the end of 2020, and following final quality tests, the success of two and a half years of development was established.

In the next phase of the project, the a4ESSOR partners will port the ESSOR HDR basic waveform to their respective software-defined radios. Interoperability tests between the partners’ radios will follow. If the results are positive, the ESSOR target waveforms will be released for use, concluding the ESSOR OC1 project.

Gerhard Heiming