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Poland Examines Comms Modernisation

The Polish government has asked Radmor to study the country’s future tactical communications needs

Sources close to the Polish Army’s tactical communications community attending the Association of the United States Army exhibition being held in Washington DC between 8 October and 10 October have told MONCh that the country’s government has asked Polish tactical communications provider Radmor to evaluate the force’s future communications needs and potential tactical radio architecture.

The sources continued that the country’s army currently uses a selection of tactical radios provided by a disparate range of suppliers. These include Thales PR4G family very high frequency (30 megahertz/MHz to 88MHz) tactical radios which are used throughout the army’s manoeuvre formations, with Polish special forces using several types of radio supplied by Harris. The sources speculated that Radmor could eventually be tasked with developing a new range of man-pack and vehicular radios to equip the force as a replacement for the legacy PR4G family. The company is currently in the midst of providing its P-RAD-5010 ultra high frequency (300MHz to three gigahertz) and L-band (one gigahertz t two gigahertz) handheld radios which will equip the Polish Army at the individual soldier level.

Interestingly, Radmor is a partner in the pan-European ESSOR (European Secure Software Defined Radio) programme which also involves Thales, Bittium, Leonardo, Indra and Saab. The aim of this initiative is to provide a wideband waveform which will initially equip the tactical radios used by the initiative’s participating states (Finland, France, Italy, Poland, Spain and Sweden), and is expected to be rolled out across additional European nations such as Germany in the next five years. ESSOR is expected to be used at the platoon/company headquarters level and above to facilitate multinational interoperability between manoeuvre units, potentially supplementing, if not replacing, the legacy SINCGARS (Single Channel Ground-to-Air Radio System) waveform which continues to be used throughout NATO to provide interoperability.

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