February 24, 2016
Free for publication on February 24, 2016 at 9.15 am. (CET +1)
Bittium received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces for a new software upgrade for the Software-Defined Radio based Bittium TAC WIN system designed for tactical communications
Oulu, Finland, February 24, 2016 – Bittium has received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces for the development of a new software package (waveform) for the Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network™ (TAC WIN) system that is used as the wireless broadband network by the Finnish Defence Forces in their M18 command, control and communications system. The purchase order is part of the renewal of the Finnish Army’s command, control and communications system, where the Software-Defined Radio based Bittium TAC WIN system forms the core of the Army’s tactical wireless IP network. Bittium TAC WIN provides a mobile broadband IP network connection for the combat troops. This supports the Finnish Army’s reformed combat doctrine, where mobility, leading the troops on the move and effective communications are playing a key role. The main objective for the development work of the new software package is to continue enhancing the performance, data transfer capacity and survivability of the software and the related radio platform. The development work is done based on the observations made during field testing and waveform research done by Bittium.
The value of the received purchase order is EUR 2.8 million (excl. VAT). The order has no significant impact on Bittium's net sales, operating result or financial standing, and it has also no effect on Bittium's financial outlook for the year 2016, published on February 18, 2016 in Bittium's Financial Statement Bulletin 2015.
The development work for the waveform of the Bittium TAC WIN system is continuation to the delivery contract signed in September 2011 between Bittium and the Finnish Defence Forces and to the related product deliveries that began in December 2012 and continued after additional purchase orders received in July 2014 and December 2015. In accordance with the delivery contract, Bittium is developing the Bittium TAC WIN system for the Finnish Defence Forces and delivers software-defined radios that are the basis for the Bittium TAC WIN system. The work package that was ordered now will be delivered to the Finnish Defence Forces during the year 2016.
Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network™
Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) is a Software-Defined Radio based wireless broadband network system intended for military and public safety use. With the system MANET (mobile ad hoc network), link, and connection networks can be formed into one logical IP network quickly, no matter what the location is. Bittium TAC WIN is compatible with existing fixed and wireless network infrastructures. The core of the system is a tactical router that enables users to freely form both wired and wireless broadband data transfer IP connections. Tactical router enables also connections to different types of terminals and other communication systems connecting them into a one communication network. In addition to the router the system comprises three types of radio heads, and each radio head covers its own frequency band area and can be used for flexible formation of optimized network topologies for different communication needs. All the products of the system are designed for harsh conditions, and thanks to the system's automated functions the implementation of the system can be done quickly. Due to the software-based functionality of the Bittium TAC WIN system, it can be easily updated with additional performance cost-efficiently during the whole lifespan of the system.
More information about the Bittium TAC WIN system and the related products: https://www.bittium.com/products__services/defense/bittium_tactical_wireless_ip_network .
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Bittium specializes in the development of reliable, secure communications and connectivity solutions, leveraging its 30 year legacy of expertise in advanced radio communication technologies. Bittium provides innovative products and customized solutions based on its product platforms and R&D services. Complementing its communications and connectivity solutions, Bittium offers proven information security solutions for mobile devices and portable computers. Net sales of continuing operations in 2015 were EUR 56.8 million and operating profit was EUR 2.3 million. Bittium is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. www.bittium.com