Europe

September 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The Spanish army is upgrading its command and control systems with an integrated set of capabilities. The ne.on system, developed by Amper Systems, Madrid, will provide the military with battlefield management, blue force tracking and virtual training.
Battle management applications, tools, provide land forces with greater interoperability, combat capability.

September 2008
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The Warrior 21 ensemble is an updated version of the EADS-manufactured Infanterist der Zukunft ensemble used by the German army. The kit is designed for export and is currently nearing production and deployment by the Swiss and Spanish armies.
Tactical modernization efforts near deployment, but nations take different approaches to meet domestic, export goals.

September 2008
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
Two new Czech Republic JAS-39 Gripen aircraft fly in formation. Confronted with a large bloc of obsolete or non-interoperable hardware, the Czech military has been replacing some systems outright and upgrading others to extend their usefulness.
But upgrading legacy systems does not necessarily achieve interoperability.

September 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The wireless local loop (WLL) program will provide the French army’s logistics units with a cellular communications system designed to carry voice and data traffic. The WLL system allows commanders to track supplies and to access the French Ministry of Defense’s intranet.
Twin efforts seek to provide wireless services to ground forces, unify aging defense systems into one national architecture.

September 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
TERSO is the Spanish Ministry of Defense’s first software-defined radio (SDR) platform. It is a development system that will help the government create new waveforms and test new SDR equipment slated for use by the nation’s armed forces.
Research-oriented radio system opens door for future advanced tactical equipment.

September 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The Taranis unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) is the largest unmanned aircraft developed by the United Kingdom. Designed for a high degree of autonomy, it will demonstrate capabilities for stealthy, long-duration, deep-penetration missions.
British unmanned combat aircraft demonstrator is designed for long-range missions with limited operator control.

September 2007
By Henry S. Kenyon

September 2007
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
Finnish and German personnel check communications system configurations during exercise Combined Endeavor 2007. Finland is building a new military command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) infrastructure as it increases its participation in multinational operations.
An incremental pace hides dramatic changes.

September 2007
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
Swedish army vehicles move in a multinational convoy in the Mazar-e Sharif region of Afghanistan. In a shift from longtime policy, Swedish military forces are taking an active role in multinational operations far away from their homeland.
Generations of domestic defense give way to an out-of-area focus.

September 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

September 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The Slovak army’s mobile military communications system (MOKYS) will link warfighters across all echelons. Mobile command posts will use high-data-rate digital radios to connect small tactical units with national headquarters.
Modern communications equipment allows a small nation to interoperate, cooperate with larger allied powers.

September 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

September 2006
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
Minister Bliznakov examines newly upgraded anti-aircraft defense equipment for Bulgaria. The former Warsaw Pact nation is modernizing its military to provide new capabilities for its new roles.
Modernization comes amid increasing security operations.

September 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The SatcomBw program will provide the German military with its first dedicated military satellite communications system and ground infrastructure.
New constellation and ground infrastructure keep far-flung troops in touch.

September 2005
By Robert K. Ackerman

 
A Royal Air Force Tornado drops flares during combat operations in Iraq. The United Kingdom’s Defence Communication Services Agency, or DCSA, provides communications connectivity down to the warfighter level.
A single all-encompassing defense agency leads the way to a single all-encompassing infrastructure.

September 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon

September 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
The Bundeswehr’s NuKomBw messaging system will provide the German military with secure e-mail capabilities and will replace aging legacy equipment. NuKomBw features advanced security applications and remote management and diagnostic capabilities.
New network replaces legacy equipment, provides enhanced security.

September 2005
By Henry S. Kenyon

September 2005
By Robert K. Ackerman

September 1999
By Robert K. Ackerman

Newly consolidated acquisition group also given mandate for development, implementation of information technologies.

Germany has accelerated a longtime move toward acquisition reform by consolidating diverse activities in its main procurement agency. These changes have been driven largely by Germany’s new security mission and by the need to incorporate substantial amounts of high technology into hardware and doctrine.

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