BAE Systems has signed a contract worth more than £50m with Thales UK to supply transmission and security subsystems for the British Army’s new Falcon battlefield communications network.
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The army is set to deploy the £200m Falcon network in 2010. The network will be used by senior commanders to control combat operations, with up to 50 times the data throughput capacity of the systems it replaces.
Under the deal with BAE, Thales will supply the transmission subsystem (TxSS) and cryptographic security components of the new network.
The TxSS is designed to offer a high degree of operational flexibility, with Thales’ TRC4000 34mbps Band IV line of sight radio complemented by the Ultra GRC-245 Band I/III+ radio. The combined radios offer a combination of range, bandwidth and functionality, together with physical and electronic resilience.
Thales will also supply its Link Encryptor and Datacryptor Model 3T IP Packet Network Encryptor. The two security products are based on Thales’ programmable cryptographic technology, which is designed to be easily upgradeable to cope with future requirements.
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