Elektrobit (EB) has been awarded a contract for the delivery of its Tough VoIP tactical communication systems to the Finnish Army.

The undisclosed contract represents a continuation of a previous agreement signed by EB in 2009 for pilot series delivery of VoIP systems to the army for extensive field trials.

Finnish Army Materiel Command Headquarters procurement engineer Hannu Pohjola said the procurement order allowed for extensive testing of products beforehand in real operating conditions.

"The delivery is an important achievement in our goal to be the preferred partner in the area of tactical communications for the Finnish Defence Forces."

EB Tough VoIP product range senior product manager Mikko Viitaniemi said the contract confirmed the product could address Finland’s stringent defence requirements.

"The delivery is an important achievement in our goal to be the preferred partner in the area of tactical communications for the Finnish Defence Forces," Viitaniemi added.

Under the contract, the company will be responsible for pilot delivery of unspecified units of EB Tough VoIP Field Phones to Finland’s defence forces as part of first phase of the army’s long-term procurement programme.

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The systems will be installed into the army’s field and mechanised artillery, as well as multiple rocket launchers systems (MRLS) to help support the new network-centric defence model, designed to improve conducting joint operations.

Tough VoIP Field Phones are specifically designed to improve soldiers’ performance and operational capabilities by bringing broadband IP data connectivity and voice services directly to the battlefield.

Elektrobit is planning to display the system along with its Tactical Wireless IP Network products at the forthcoming Military Communications (MILCOM) 2012 conference in Orlando, Florida, US, from 29 October to 1 November.