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Rafael Unveils BNET NANO Software Defined Radio

Provides High Network Capacity and Supports Large ‘Flat’ Networks

Rafael Advanced Defense Systems revealed the BNET NANO, the newest member of its BNET software-defined radio (SDR) family, on 4 October.

Bringing advanced capabilities to the battlefield, and based on the company’s Multi-Channel Reception (MCR) technology, BNET NANO offers superior network capacity in terms of data rates and number of users, minimal delay, and support for ‘flat’ networks with hundreds of members.

BNET cognitively manages scarce spectrum resources, providing seamless force merge with minimal planning and efficient spectrum usage. The radio works in GPS-denied conditions – a scenario increasingly typical in current conflict. It can sense and avoid spectrum interference and operates as an LPI/LPD device in dense environments.

The BNET NANO radio is a significant advance [for] soldiers and platforms that are very weight- and power-aware. Rafael’s BNET MCR patent has been integrated into a small form factor, allowing the operation of several voice groups, data streams and video, all in a single device. The MCR technology breaks the paradigm of a radio that has single channels, and allows the simultaneous reception of  dozens of channels,” explained Head of the company’s C3I Directorate, Yoav Wermuth.

Business Development Director, Amihai Dekel, added, “Our solution, encapsulated in a box the size of a soldier’s palm, is a breakthrough that can address many tactical programmes that have previously run into capacity restrictions. This technology finally enables the capacity and connectivity of hundreds of units, without burdening the soldier with several communication boxes.”

BNET is a lightweight radio unit enabling point-to-point and point-to-multipoint topology and an ad hoc mesh network, supporting complete brigade area-of operation connectivity with a unique SDR full IP design.

BNET NANO is the latest member of Rafael’s BNET SDR family. (Photo: Rafael)

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