Former SVFuA System Shows Suitability for High-Intensity Operations
In late September Rohde & Schwarz successfully demonstrated the interoperability of its SOVERON D (formerly SVFuA) system to government customers in the challenging environment of the Black Forest, the company stated on 23 November. The Streitkräftegemeinsame verbundfähige Funkgeräteausstattung (SVFuA – Joint Armed Forces Radio Equipment) programme is one of the most important – and complex – projects currently being undertaken by the German armed forces.
The test, undertaken as part of the ongoing contract, aimed at showing the tactical radio systems‘ operational suitability and ruggedness, alongside that of the associated IP-based waveforms, in a heterogeneous network architecture. Platoon and company networks, as well as special functions for higher command levels, were configured, interconnected, and presented in both stationary and mobile operation and functionally demonstrated with both voice and data. The focus was on the highly robust, jam-resistant narrowband waveforms required for high-intensity combat situations.
The interoperability test also confirmed that the multilevel security concept is now ready for deployment, by connecting SATCOM devices and highlighting backward compatibility, i.e. connecting existing Bundeswehr radios with new networks. All these capabilities, required by the Bundeswehr as it seeks increasingly digitized capabilities, are now available and have recently seen their initial production series delivery.
“SOVERON meets the complex requirements of the German armed forces by ensuring command and control effectiveness at all operational levels, thereby contributing to information superiority,” explained Hartmut Jäschke, Executive VP of the company’s Secure Communications Division. “The interoperability tests, in [the] presence of our government customer, enabled us to further strengthen trust in our communications solutions.”
SOVERON is the most innovative communications architecture on the market, according to Rohde & Schwarz. It consists of SOVERON D (the former SVFuA), the SOVERON VR vehicular tactical radio and the SOVERON HR handheld tactical radio. Together with SOVERON WAVE, this system enables military users to take enormous steps toward secure and reliable transmission of voice and data in near real time.