During the International Defense Industry Exhibition in Kielce, representatives of Polish industry and science made the first joint step towards the implementation of another European project in the field of defense technology development. On September 4, 2019, representatives of OBR CTM S.A., WAT, WIŁ and KenBIT signed a Letter of Intent on cooperation aimed at implementation of the project entitled “Long Range Communications – Parallel use of HF and satellite communication to ensure reliable communication on land, in air and sea “, from European Defence Agency (EDA) .
The project implementation proposal was submitted by an international consortium, at the meeting of the so-called technology panel (CapTech), dedicated to radio communication and data exchange systems. It was organized by the Research and Technology Directorate of the European Defence Agency (EDA). The main goal of the project is to develop a reliable and flexible long range communication system in order to meet the requirements of today’s war operations, in the field of long-range radio communication, basing on the parallel use of data links, the so-called Beyond Line of Lights (BLOS) networks, such as short wave (HF) and satellite communication (Satcom). In the event of a failure or destruction, the system offers additional advantage, which is the ability to automatically replace satellite communication by HF communication, while maintaining its basic channels.
As part of the letter of intent signed today, its signatories declared that they will prepare all the documents necessary to join the project and to implement it. They also undertook to exchange experiences and information and organize joint meetings, conferences, workshops, etc. In addition, it was agreed that OBR CTM S.A. will coordinate the contacts between industry and international consortium.
“OBR CTM SA has been actively participating in the international programs cooperating with NATO and EDA for several years. Within those programs we have been implementing projects in the field of port security, mine warfare and unmanned maritime platforms. Now we have the opportunity to implement other proven Polish technologies, this time in the area of radio communication and data exchange”- said the acting President of the Management Board of OBR CTM S.A. Marcin Wiśniewski.