BAE, GD and Airbus partner to develop Strike Tactical Hotspot for UK Army


BAE Systems, Airbus and General Dynamics (GD) have partnered to develop the Strike Tactical Hotspot concept demonstrator, a new network technology for the British Army.

Under a £1.2m contract, BAE will supply two experimental Strike Tactical Hotspots to the army.

Tactical Hotspot is a compact, mobile solution that can be securely deployed in an armoured vehicle to allow frontline troops to communicate securely with their command headquarters.

When fitted to an adapted Panther vehicle with self-erecting masts for radio equipment, the Hotspot can provide secure connectivity over a number of kilometres.

This platform can manoeuvre alongside the army’s medium Strike Brigade for continuous secure communications.

"We have combined the power of modern commercial technologies with the surety of in-service solutions which will connect users securely in what may be remote and hostile environments."

BAE Systems UK Deployed Networks Capture lead Steph McMenamin said: "We have combined the power of modern commercial technologies with the surety of in-service solutions which will connect users securely in what may be remote and hostile environments.

“Our unique partnership with the British Army has been a springboard for early experimentation, building on the success of the Falcon broadband solution. We went from design to a fully integrated prototype in just nine months.”

The Tactical Hotspot integrates Falcon broadband with Bowman TacCIS and SATCOM-on-the-Move, 4G, WiFi and Tactical Datalinks (WEnDL) capabilities.

Currently being trialled by the British Army, the experimental Strike Tactical Hotspots are the result of a technology development programme funded by the three companies.


Image: BAE Systems’ Enhanced Night Vision Goggle III and Family of Weapon Sight-Individual (ENVG III/FWS-I) solution makes darkness a tactical advantage for the dismounted soldier. Photo: courtesy of BAE Systems.