Germany is now officially a member of the European Secure Software Defined Radio (ESSOR) programme and the operational capability 1 (OC1) phase.
The aim of the ESSOR programme is to develop pan-European Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology in order to improve the ability of Armed Forces to cooperate in coalition operation.
Germany’s Rohde & Schwarz will work alongside the other participating companies Bittium, Indra, Leonardo, Radmor, and Thales.
The , 63-month contract, which is worth €100 million,will replace the ESSOR OC1 contract signed in November 2017.
The contract amendment was awarded to the multinational Alliance for ESSOR (a4ESSOR) joint venture, which is developing the European Secure Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology.
a4ESSOR president and general manager Lino Laganà said: “This contract, which will see Germany participate in the ESSOR programme, is a big step forward towards a common European defence infrastructure.
“Secure communications are key to the interoperability of armed forces, which is why a4ESSOR has been developing high-quality and highly secure communications capabilities, which are easily deployable on several manufacturers’ radios thanks to SDR technology and our ESSOR architecture.”