ESSOR European radiocommunications research programme has just been accelerated by a contract opening the next stage of its implementation. The memorandum has been concluded between the OCCAR (Organisation Conjointe de Coopération en matière d’ARmement) body and the a4ESSOR company, responsible for managing the industrial consortium. Radmor company is the Polish actor involved in the works of the consortium. The said entity belongs to the WB Group. The work undertaken would cover the implementation of the OC1 stage.
ESSOR (European Secured SOftware defined Radio) is one of the European R&D initiatives undertaken in the field of radio communication systems designed for defence applications. The main assumption of the programme is to develop SDR systems architecture (Software Defined Radios - “coalition systems”), along with the software that would allow for broadband voice and data transfer, also known as the ESSOR High Data Waveform [HDR WF].
The work on the project are to progress to the OC1 (Operational Capability 1) stage, assuming that the HDR WF’s operational capabilities would be enhanced, when compared to the former phases of the ESSOR programme. The solution in question has been developed as a response to the newly emerging combat requirements concerning the secure, highly efficient land-based means of communications applied at the tactical level. OC1 phase is going to be focused on defining the basic rules for HDR WF’s lifecycle management, throughout the period of its operational use. The OC1-related work, the cost of which is expected to reach EUR 50 million, would take 45 months.
As mentioned by the representatives of the contractor (the a4ESSOR consortium), ESSOR OC1 bears the key meaning within the process of establishing the European capability to work together, with regards to the land-based defence activities. This is also to be driven by involvement of the main European defence communications sector companies.
OCCAR is the entity that organizes the work within the programme, acting as the ordering party. The approval for continuation of the programme, making OCCAR play the role of the ordering party, comes from five participating nations: Finland, France, Italy, Poland and Spain. The Organization in question had previously delegated the implementation of the programme to a dedicated “Alliance for ESSOR (a4ESSOR SAS)” joint venture company, tasked with managing the consortium.
The OC1 phase work is going to be conducted on the basis of a programme involving OCCAR, in collaboration with the members of the a4ESSOR consortium. This is to be done with foundations embedded within the contributions made by the companies forming the consortium: Bittium, Indra, Leonardo, Thales and Radmor. Radmor S.A is a part of the WB Group, the largest Polish private capital organization, being active in the defense sector. Radmor company acts as the designer, manufacturer and supplier of radio communication solutions for the military and civil services applications. At the moment Radmor is the prime supplier of the VHF radios, working for the Polish Armed Forces.
Within the framework of the ESSOR programme that has been pursued since 2009 now, technology for a European software-defined radio system is being developed, with that system defined with a purpose of supporting the coalition operations. The previous phase of the ESSOR programme has shown that the multinational industrial development strategy could be successful, through implementation of a broadband solution that could be utilized across multiple radio platforms. ESSOR HDR waveform was being tested operationally, allowing the coalition forces of the European states to maintain fluid communications during the jointly undertaken operational effort.
The first phase of the programme was successfully finalized back in 2015. Alongside the European broadband waveform, during the first stage of the programme, definitions for the European software defined radio architecture have been created and approved and implemented in case of six different European platforms. The interoperational and functional capabilities offered by the waveform were demonstrated with involvement of a variety of domestic platforms back in 2016. The demonstrations in question would be continued throughout the OC1 phase.