VILKAS IFVs to Receive C2 Solution
Systematic’s SitaWare FRONTLINE C2 solution it to be rolled out across Lithuania’s future armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) fleet, starting with the VILKAS (WOLF) – the Lithuanian designation for the BOXER infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).
Lithuania is the first customer to order an IFV variant of the BOXER. SitaWare FRONTLINE will feature on all Land Forces vehicles, which will operate in four different configurations: squad, platoon, company commander, and command post. A total of 88 VILKAS platforms are being procured, as well as trainers. The vehicles will be delivered by 2021.
The operationally-proven FRONTLINE system is capable of providing friendly force tracking information and an automatically updated situational awareness picture that features the disposition of forces, danger areas, points of interest, and intelligence on an enemy. Further functionality includes tactical chat, support for high performance mapping and the ability to make and display plans directly on a touchscreen interface. In service with a number of armed forces, it can be integrated both on vehicles and at forward-deployed infrastructure.
“The SitaWare suite is already in service with the Lithuanian Land Forces, and the addition of FRONTLINE to its latest IFVs will provide advanced C2 capabilities at the tip of the spear,” explained President of Systematic Oy Finland, Merja Annala. “FRONTLINE addresses real-world challenges and has been designed by and for commanders operating in challenging environments, where a clear operational picture with rapid updates of friendly force tracking is absolutely essential. It has also been built with deployment and in-theatre management in mind.”
“VILKAS represents a step-change in the modernisation of the Lithuanian Armed forces. The introduction of new, advanced IFVs into service for the ‘Iron Wolf’ brigade will bring new capabilities to the Lithuanian Land Forces,” explained Land Forces spokesman, Capt. Donatas Suchockis. “The integration of SitaWare FRONTLINE on VILKAS will give commanders a comprehensive overview of the battlefield, from headquarters to tactical levels. Importantly, it also brings interoperability, which as a NATO country is key for us.”