A Polish state-run company has unveiled a technology demonstrator (TD) designed to satisfy the Polish Land Forces’ Rosomak Battle Management System (BMS) requirement for the Rosomak armoured personnel carrier (APC). The system was unveiled at the MSPO exhibition in Kielce, Poland.
Unveiled by the government-controlled Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ), the TD represents a collaboration between multiple Polish companies operating under the PGZ banner as well as several other independent local businesses.
Exhibited for the first time, the TD featured the 8x8 Rosomak APC equipped with a BMS mission suite that last underwent field trials in April 2018, industrial sources told Jane’s .
Contract negotiations began in February 2017 and a contract was expected to be signed by the Ministry of National Defence (MND) and PGZ in the first quarter of 2018. However, defence sources suggested a contract signature could be pushed back to the start of 2019 should the project receive the go-ahead from the MND.
Jacek Zolnierkiewicz, PGZ’s department manager for electronics, IT, and cyber technologies, told Jane’s the programme was still in negotiations and the consortium was awaiting final requirements from the MND.
The programme aims to provide a “modern, mobile, and efficient” information and communication technology infrastructure over internet protocol at the tactical level. According to PGZ, Rosomak BMS must be capable of tracking friendly forces and creating and displaying a common operating picture with terrain analysis; handling of plans, orders, and reports; and processing and displaying the APC’s status information.
Exchange of information also must meet Multilateral Interoperability Program (MIP) requirements, and it must be capable of archiving operation information using ‘JC3IEDM’ data models.
As systems integrator for the programme, PGZ said it demonstrated the overall capabilities of the BMS solution proposed to support the Polish Land Forces’ requirement.
The solution centres around Transbit’s R450C software-defined radio (SDR), which can support wideband communications at data rates up to 8 mbps.
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