EADS Equips Bundeswehr With TETRAPOLBw Mobile Communications
EADS and the Federal Office for Information Management and Information Technology of the Bundeswehr (German armed forces) recently concluded the “TETRAPOLBw” procurement contract for TETRAPOL-based communications technology. This includes 30 mobile digital radio systems with 10,000 terminal devices, accessories and a training facility worth about EUR 55 million by the end of 2007. With “TETRAPOLBw”, the Bundeswehr will now be able to guarantee voice and data communication for all operational units in service, encrypted in a mobile cellular network, for all tactical communication levels.
TETRAPOL is a digital mobile communications standard that belongs to the same generation as GSM, GPRS, and the digital cellular standard. It was originally developed in Europe. TETRAPOL based systems were used successfully by the Bundeswehr in Afghanistan and Kosovo as a communication platform for command, control and weapon delivery systems. TETRAPOL is also used by the allied Armed Forces and by NATO.
The Defence and Communications Systems (DCS) Business Unit is the “Systems House” of EADS and is an integrated part of the EADS Defence & Security Systems Division (DS).
EADS DS considers the Business Unit for secure communication networks to be of strategic importance. All civil, military and public organizations rely on failsafe and secure mobile radio communication systems in order to coordinate their operations and improve their operational performance. EADS is a global market leader in this sector and has implemented 130 digital radio networks in 56 countries, 30 of which have country-wide coverage. See official release.