German forces to receive Rohde & Schwarz's software-defined radio systems

MUNICH. The German Federal Ministry of Defense (BMVg) selected Rohde & Schwarz to equip an initial 50 command vehicles with the company's joint radio system, also known as SVFuA. The SVFuA is an advance measure in the “Mobile Tactical Communications” (MoTaKo) program for digitizing tactical communications within the German armed forces.

Representatives of BAAINBw and Rohde & Schwarz at the contract signing. Photo by Rohde & Schwarz.

Following many years of joint development, the Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) has signed a contract with Rohde & Schwarz for the procurement of the SVFuA. SVFuA operates on the principle of the software-defined radio (SDR) and offers up to the classification level SECRET.

The initial 50 command vehicles to be equipped with the SVFuA include the PUMA infantry fighting vehicles (IFV) and BOXER armored transport vehicles (ATV). Under contract, Rohde & Schwarz will produce and deliver the first installment of the overall SVFuA system by 2020. The contract’s framework agreement allows the Federal Armed Forces to order additional SVFuA systems within a seven-year timeframe.

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