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Germany shortlists R&S for VJTF communications

22 June 2018

Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has been selected as the preferred partner to supply its SDxR and SVFuA communications systems to the German Army when it supports NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2023, industry sources have revealed.

Jane’s understands that the company emerged as the leader following an extensive trials process conducted over the first two quarters of 2018, which saw R&S competing against Thales and Telefunken Racoms.

Initial trials conducted in February and March generated “unsatisfactory” results from all participants.

A re-test was initiated on 11 April, incorporating a series of revised parameters including requirements for a five-minute-long voice transmission as well as capability to transfer data and voice between vehicle and dismounted soldiers at ranges out to 150-200 m.

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