In­dian Army for large IP ra­dio or­der

SP's MAI - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES -

The In­dian Army is in the mar­ket for an un­spec­i­fied num­ber of In­ter­net pro­to­col (IP) ra­dios. Pro­vid­ing prospec­tive ven­dors with the pro­cure­ment premise, the Army has said, “Se­cu­rity forces have tra­di­tion­ally re­lied on the need for ra­dio com­mu­ni­ca­tions for co­or­di­na­tion and con­duct of op­er­a­tions. These ra­dios have con­ven­tion­ally been used for com­mand and con­trol, pri­mar­ily for voice com­mu­ni­ca­tion but with lim­ited amount of data ca­pa­bil­ity while util­is­ing a sin­gle chan­nel. Ad­vance­ment in the field of ra­dio tech­nol­ogy and rapid im­prove­ments in dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ca­tions cou­pled with IP net­works etc have led to tra­di­tional sin­gle chan­nel ra­dio be­com­ing ob­so­lete. Re­cent developments in the field of IP net­works and the ra­dios have led to the emer­gence of a new con­cept of ‘Com­bat ra­dios with an IP In­ter­face’ for car­riage of IP data and voice on the same sin­gle chan­nel ra­dio.” The new ra­dios, to be de­ployed with field units are un­der­stood to be part of the over­all ac­qui­si­tion strat­egy to em­power smaller level units with mod­ernised com­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing kits, along­side hand-held ther­mal im­agers and ELINT in­ter­cept re­ceivers.

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