Airbus launches new TACIP communications technology in UK

20 September 2016 (Last Updated September 20th, 2016 18:30)

Airbus Defence and Space has launched the next-generation version of its deployable communications technology in the UK.

Airbus Defence and Space has launched the next-generation version of its deployable communications technology in the UK.

The new Tactical IP (TACIP) technology will facilitate secure and effective communication for armed forces in the theatre, where conventional networks are unavailable or difficult to access.

Airbus Defence and Space project manager Richard McLachlan said that TACIP is a ‘dynamic communications network that is equipped to support fast moving and demanding military operations’.

Designed for use by reconnaissance teams, forward operating bases and airfields, TACIP securely integrates deployed locations and links them to the homeland's fixed infrastructure.

Airbus said that TACIP offers autonomous communications and IT services for military sites.

It can also be used for civil contingency, humanitarian aid or disaster relief situations.

"TACIP is adaptable to changing operational missions thanks to its scalable nature."

McLachlan further added: “TACIP is adaptable to changing operational missions thanks to its scalable nature.

“It is quick to set up and move around in a changing environment.

“It is easy to use and exploits commercial off the shelf technology. It can support between six and 250 users without any engineering or technical support.”

The TACIP technology was showcased at a 'mock’ headquarters set up in the grounds of Airbus Defence and Space in Newport, South Wales.

A version of TACIP is currently in service with Nato and the UK Ministry of Defence.


Image: The performance of TACIP technology in an operational environment was demonstrated at a 'mock’ headquarters. Photo: courtesy of Airbus Defence and Space.