Rohde & Schwarz has announced a partnership with defence technology company EID to provide the Portuguese Army with handheld software defined SOVERON HR radios. 

The strategic collaboration seeks to support efforts to digitalise the Portuguese armed forces.

The radio will be delivered as part of the Dismounted Soldier Communications System.

On its part, EID will deliver locally developed and produced dismounted soldier system solutions to the Army. 

EID managing director Frederico Lemos said: “We are very proud to develop and deliver this capability to the Portuguese Army, having such a great partner on our side.

“With successful projects delivered together in the past, both in Portugal and internationally, we form the best team in equipping the Portuguese Army with this state-of-the-art soldier system.”

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Designed for mobile use, the radio will support dismounted soldiers in multiple operational scenarios.

The handheld radio, along with the SOVERON VR vehicular radio, will provide a common operational picture in near real-time.

According to Rohde & Schwarz, it ‘forms a seamless connection to the higher echelons on the battlefield’.

Rohde & Schwarz Tactical Communications vice-president Alexander Philipp said: “In cooperation with EID and our long-term relationship equipping the Portuguese defence forces, we will ensure a sovereign capability in country to support the Portuguese Army throughout the lifetime of their communications systems and upgrading the existing equipment to the latest standard.”

In 2020, Rohde & Schwarz achieved the R&S M3SR software-defined radios (SDR) delivery milestone.

The company’s modular SDR is suitable for stationary and shipborne communications.