FRANCE LAUNCHES CONTACT TACTICAL RADIO PROGRAMME
France has launched the first phase of its strategic Contact tactical radio programme, aimed to enhance the security and tactical combat capabilities of its dismounted infantry and armoured vehicles. Thales Communications has been selected for the €263 million first phase of the programme, which will be broadly focused on development work. An essential element of the Scorpion programme, Contact tactical radios will form a crucial part of the security and tactical combat capabilities of dismounted French armed forces and armoured vehicles deployed on operations. serving size, weight and power inside the vehicles. David Ibbetson, General Manager, General Dynamics Canada, said quad-core processing effectively doubles the vehicles’ previous dual-core smart displays computing capabilities. anything from disaster relief to war fighting. During the exercise, 16 Air Assault Brigade soldiers practised parachuting onto Salisbury Plain from the UK Royal Air Force’s (RAF) Hercules transport aircraft and Chinook helicopters, helicopter assaults and Rapid Air Landing (RAL).