Rohde & Schwarz has been contracted to equip the German Armed Forces with the joint communications system also known as SVFuA, which operates on the same principle of the advanced software defined radio (SDR) solutions. 

Awarded by the German Federal Ministry of Defense (BMVg), the contract will see the company initially install SVFuA on the military’s 50 command vehicles such as PUMA infantry fighting vehicles and BOXER armoured transport vehicles.

The SVFuA is being installed as part of the mobile tactical communications (MoTaKo) programme for digitising tactical communications within the German Armed Forces.

Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) president Harald Stein said: "Equipping the first PUMA and BOXER command vehicles with SVFuA is an important first step toward MoTaKo.

“We are pleased that with Rohde & Schwarz we have found a technologically leading partner for this key modernisation project."

In 2009, Rohde & Schwarz was selected to provide the overall design and the overall system, and develop a prototype base unit.

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"Equipping the first PUMA and BOXER command vehicles with SVFuA is an important first step toward MoTaKo."

Last year, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) confirmed that the requirements for certification at the classification level SECRET had been met by the SDR.

SVFuA provides secure communications up to the classification level SECRET. By using this, the German Armed Forces will be able to create and especially protect information superiority.

The radio system also ensures interfaces with allies during joint missions and for collective defence.

Rohde & Schwarz plans to produce and deliver the first instalment of the overall SVFuA system by 2020.

The Federal Armed Forces has an option to order additional SVFuA systems within a seven-year time frame.

Image: Representatives of BAAINBw and Rohde & Schwarz at the contract signing. Photo: courtesy of Rohde & Schwarz.