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01:07 PM, September 17, 2015
Thales Launches New Soldier Secure Radio At DSEI 2015
Thales Launches New Soldier Secure Radio At DSEI 2015

Thales has launched SquadNet, a new radio that combines a networking waveform with built-in GPS, Bluetooth and programmable encryption at DSEI 2015.

The new radio also provides assured, secure communications in affordable, class leading size as well as weight and power package.

A 28-hour-rechargeable and removable battery extends mission life and reduces the requirement of carrying spare batteries. This enables soldiers to carry more provisions and ammunition. Further, the battery minimises supply chain demands and through life costs as it is rechargeable.

Since the radio can be recharged from almost any USB power source, a range of flexible recharging options can be used - from solar panels to in-car cigarette lighter outlets.

SquadNet’s proprietary waveform is optimised for performance in areas where other radios may struggle - such as urban environments, woodland or undulating terrain.

While most soldier radios provide simple point to point communications, SquadNet’s automatic relay mode provides extended range as well as resilient coverage. Voice communication and location data from all other radios on the network will be shared only if one SquadNet is within range of another.

Built-in GPS provides position information on the radio’s screen. When paired with an Android device, the GPS data provides situational awareness by displaying the location and recent movement of the user and other soldiers on the same network on a map or aerial photograph.

The SquadNet app also includes web-bridge functionality that enables geographically separate squads to be linked via IP networks, such as 3G, LTE or Wi-Fi.

This reach back capability enables the remote coordination of squads and expands the scope of operations. Lightweight and encased in a compact, rugged shell, SquadNet is designed to be unobtrusive, yet resilient, in every environment.

A simple and easy-to-use interface sits atop powerful and functional hardware, providing functionality and information, enabling personnel to focus on the mission, not the tools.

The user orientated design makes SquadNet ideal for personnel of all levels, minimising training time and enabling rapid deployment into use.

SquadNet offers an affordable, highcapability solution, to a range of customers as a first-time soldier radio, or replacement for an existing capability.

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