Tactical communication for special forces

Application Scenario 4

The Challenge

  • Tactical communication and data exchange between internationally operating forces
  • Networking of different units in distant regions
  • Transmission of images from special cameras and defence systems
  • Central control of different units on border security operations and/or national and alliance defence


System solutions must be incorporated into a multinational environment. This is demonstrated by worldwide operations. In addition, it must be possible to exchange information between various information and security domains. Defence is no longer just the protection of one‘s own country, but far more protection within a group of alliance partners.

The Solution

Only an IP-based network can provide a platform-independent, modular and scalable solution that can operate worldwide within the group, both wirelessly and wired. Tactical ground troops and strategic air resources can be coordinated and commanded from a command centre via stationary and mobile ad hoc networks. Within the IP-network, units communicate with one another, exchange important situation information and troop movements or plan and carry out targeted operations.

Mobile ad hoc networks deliver decisive operational advantages:

  • Parallel transmission of voice and data at the mobile level (radio)
  • IP-capable for the creation of a consistent network community
  • Information exchange between different security domains
  • Interoperability with NATO and EU through the use of common industry standards
  • Transmission systems with adequate bandwidth – even for the mobile units
  • Flexible network topology to support changing operational requirements
  • Border security using video cameras, infrared cameras and night vision equipment that is connected over long distances via a wireless IP-network
  • Automatic network creation and configuration with self-healing network structure


In a networked world, modern information and communications systems are essential to carry out the various missions. Mobile ad hoc networks provide here an independent system structure that ensures the flow of data from the highest command level to the lowest (tactical) mobile unit. This includes collaborative situation assessment to support resource planning and operations control.

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