Indian Army for large IP radio order
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.