Communications Systems for the Portuguese Armed Forces

Steyr-Daimler-Puch Spezialfahrzeug GmbH has commissioned EID to equip a total of 260 armored personnel carriers of the Portuguese Armed Forces with communications systems.

EID’s ICC-201 Intercom System controls the internal and external communications systems of the armored Pandur II 8×8 vehicles. In this configuration, the systems support voice and data communications between crew members and external parties. The ICC-201 systems also provide IP routing and fiber-optic links for LAN integration; the vehicles when stationary can then connect to the command center WAN communications systems to support data and voice connections via VoIP.

Depending on the vehicle model, two to six tactical R&S®M3TR multiband radios from Rohde&Schwarz are integrated in the system. In infantry carrier vehicles (ICV), two radios handle communications via HF as well as VHF and UHF. In command post vehicles (CPV) and communications node vehicles (CNV), four to six R&S®M3TR radios are used for command post communications or as radio base stations. The radios provide different channels for the upper and lower chain of command or they act as an interface between local and long-distance communications links. In addition to radio-embedded crypto capabilities, the vehicles are equipped with ELCRODAT 4-2 or other data encryption devices.

The communications systems can be seamlessly integrated into the tactical information and communications system (SIC-T), which is the new IP-based infrastructure for the tactical communications of the Portuguese Armed Forces. The capability of the new Pandur II armored personnel carriers, in which EID’s communications equipment plays a major role, is one of the key elements in the modernization of the Portuguese Army and Navy which is currently taking place.

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