Thales‘ Brazilian subsidiary Omnisys has completed delivery of the first batch of SOTAS digital intercom systems for integration into the Brazilian Army’s Urutu family of vehicles, VBTP-MR Guarani and M113 armoured personnel carriers.

The delivery follows the terms of the contract awarded to Omnisys in September 2011 by the Centre of Communication and Electronic Warfare (CCOMGEX).

Designed for use in armoured and utility vehicles, SOTAS establishes an integrated end-to-end information and communication network for shared situational awareness between crew members inside a vehicle and externally with all in-service combat net radios and field cables.

SOTAS is a highly modular star network featuring a central digital voice switch and several crew stations with coaxial two-wire interconnections to ensure easy installation and error-free operation.

The intercom system provides warfighters with joint situational awareness capability, and can be easily adapted and expanded at any time due to its modular concept, without interfering with the initial installation.

The system offers multi-media intervehicle networking including voice, data, video communications, sharing of radios, sensors and computer resources and the vehicles can be connected in any order and in any topology.

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Based on the different functionality requirements of the crew, specific boxes including commander’s box, crew box and remote control box are made available.

Brazilian Army Communications and Electronic Warfare commander general, Antonino dos Santos Guerra Neto, said that the system had undergone testing in a range of operational situations and met stringent requirements set forth by CCOMGEX.

More than 18,000 systems have been installed in nearly 50 vehicle types belonging to 28 different nations worldwide.

Dubbed as Urutu III, the VBTP-MR Guarani is a 6×6 drive armoured vehicle used by the Brazilian Army in command vehicle, armoured ambulance, fire direction vehicle, technical assistance vehicle and 120mm mortar carrier.