The joint venture a4ESSOR (Alliance for European Secure SOftware defined Radio) has been awarded a contract by OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’ARmement) to start a new phase of the ESSOR programme, called ESSOR Operational Capability 1 (OC1).
The ESSOR OC1 phase aims to enhance the operational capabilities of the ESSOR High Data Rate Waveform (HDR WF), developed in the previous phase of the ESSOR programme, in order to meet the requirements of the battlefield with secure, high capacity land tactical communications, the company said in a statement Tuesday.
The OC1 phase will also focus in defining the basis for managing the life cycle of the HDR WF in operational use.
The duration of the Operational Capability 1 phase, worth around EUR 50 million, is 45 months. Mandate for the continuation of the programme and for OCCAR to act as the contracting authority has come from five participant states: Finland, France, Italy, Poland, and Spain. The work for the OC1 phase will be carried out in cooperation between members of the a4ESSOR industrial consortium Bittium, Indra, Leonardo, Radmor, and Thales.