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Portuguese Army upgrades ISTAR capabilities

The Portuguese Army's deployable intelligence fusion system achieved an IOC during Exercise ‘Orion 22' held in central Portugal during 2–12 May. (Victor Barreira)

The Portuguese Army has upgraded its intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition, and reconnaissance (ISTAR) capabilities, with its deployable intelligence fusion system having achieved an initial operational capability (IOC), the Commander of the Rapid Reaction Brigade's ISTAR Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Duarte Jorge Heitor Caldeira, told Janes on 11 May.

Operated by the battalion's command-and-control company, the system was fielded and reached an IOC during Exercise ‘Orion 22' held in central Portugal during 2–12 May, gathering information to support decision making by the higher command echelon of the exercise.

Composed of four 15-ft tactical shelters with telescopic masts, and four trailer-mounted 12 kVA diesel power generating sets, the system was purchased via the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) from Lavorazioni Elettroniche E Meccaniche (LEM) in 2020 for EUR1.87 million (USD2 million).

The four shelters were received in November 2021, Lt Col Duarte Caldeira said.

Each shelter accommodates five workstations, each consisting of two Philips Brilliance series 24 inch LCD monitors, a keyboard, a joystick, and a Cisco 7861 IP phone. Four workstations are used for intelligence analysis and a fifth hosts a laptop used as a command post for information assessment.

The communications and information suite in each shelter includes the Critical Software EyeCommand battle management system, crypto equipment, switches, routers, racks, and other peripherals, as well as two EID MM-525DA double modular mounts with loudspeakers, each hosting two EID PRC-525 high frequency (HF)/ very high frequency (VHF)/ ultra high frequency (UHF) tactical radios.

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