BAE SYSTEMS2003-01-12 19:32:59


BAE SYSTEMS C4ISR's Communications & Defence Infrastructure (CDI) Division's Network Enabled Capability (NEC) systems were successfully featured at NATO Allied Command Europe's Headquarters Rapid Reaction Corps' (ARRC) recent major exercise, ARRCADE FUSION 2002.

Systems utilised included the GP3 Command Support Application, the Pilot Direct Broadcast System (DBS), Talon satcoms and upgraded Ptarmigan theatre networks.

GP3 Release 4, recently delivered to the ARRC, was deployed both at Headquarters and at the digital detachments to provide planning and situational awareness. Usage was high within the Rheindalen headquarters - typically thirty to forty users - with information being transferred to alternate headquarters and the digital detachments across the wide area network via GP3's distribution and replication facilities.

The Pilot DBS, being designed and produced by BAE SYSTEMS for the UK Ministry of Defence, met all of the exercise's information management objectives. A direct broadcast was provided from Permanent Joint Headquarters (PJHQ) in the UK, remotely controlled from the ARRC's headquarters in Germany, to five receiving sites. The in-theatre transmission suite was deployed for the first time and used to transmit video, web sites and briefing material to receive units via the PJHQ.

The BAE SYSTEMS Talon satellite terminal provided high capacity backbone communications support for the exercise, demonstrating advanced performance based on commercial off-the-shelf resources. Selected as part of the UK Skynet 5 defence communications system solution, a number of Talons were recently delivered to the programme's Paradigm Secure Communications-led prime systems integration team.

The UK's Ptarmigan area communications system provided theatre-wide voice and data links, with users benefiting from the continuous process of performance and technical enhancement that the system has received since entering service in the 1980's.

CDI Managing Director Paul Laity comments "We are pleased to see our NEC systems playing an important role in this major exercise. Our ability to provide high performance systems, often in rapid timescales, is the cornerstone of our support for our customers.�

For more information contact:
Warwick House
Po Box 87
Farnborough Aerospace Centre
GU14 6YU
United Kingdom
Tel:     + 44 1252 373232
Fax:     + 44 1252 383000



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