SWave on the Waves

Leonardo outlines Naval SDR plans for Italian Navy

Speaking to MONS during the DSA 2018 exhibition, representatives from Leonardo explained that the Marina Militaire (Italian Navy) will begin installing the company’s SWave Naval Software Defined Radios (SDRs) onboard the final two examples of the fleet’s ‘Carlo Bergamini’ class multipurpose frigates, namely the Spartaco Schergat and the Emilio Bianchi, both of which are expected to be commissioned in April 2020 and April 2021 respectively.

Beyond these two vessels, Leonardo added that SWave Naval SDRs will equip the fleet’s Pattugliatore Polivalente d’Altura (Offshore Multipurpose Patrol Ship); 16 of which are expected to enter service between 2021 and 2031 and the forthcoming Trieste amphibious assault ship expected to be commissioned in 2022. The company added that initially the final two ‘Carlo Bergamini’ class ships will receive SWave Naval High Frequency (HF) radios covering a three megahertz/MHz to 30MHz waveband, followed by Very/Ultra High Frequency (V/UHF) SWave Naval radios with a 30MHz to three gigahertz waveband. Several transceivers comprise the SWave Naval family including a 150 watt/W HF maritime, desktop and rack-mounted modular radio; 100W V/UHF maritime, desktop and rack-mounted modular radio; one kilowatt/KW and two kilowatt maritime rack-mounted radio; HF maritime high-power enabled rack-mounted multi-channel radio and a V/UHF rack-mounted multi-channel maritime radio. The SWave Naval SDR family includes a standard suite of 14 HF and V/UHF waveforms including NATO’s HAVEQUICK-I/II and SATURN ground-to-air/air-to-ground waveforms and the forthcoming ESSOR (European Secure Software Defined Radio) waveform which will provide both narrow and wideband communications at data rates of between 470 kilobits-per-second and one megabit-per-second accommodating up to 64 nodes and 200 nodes respectively.

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