Bittium has received a purchase order from the Finnish Defence Forces for narrowband waveform development work for the tactical Bittium Tough SDR radios. Bittium is delivering the radios to the Finnish Defence Forces based on a purchase agreement that was signed in December 2018. Along with the now ordered waveform development work, the Finnish Defence Forces can start field tests with the radios and further waveform development in co-operation with Bittium for the needs of the Finnish Defence Forces.

The narrowband waveform enables transmitting voice and messages over long distances and even in potentially congested communication networks. Bittium Tough SDR radios can use, even simultaneously, both Bittium Narrowband Waveform as well as the wideband Bittium TAC WIN (Tactical Wireless IP Network)  waveform and the European collaborative ESSOR HDR WF (European Secure SOftware defined Radio, High Data Rate Waveform) waveform.

The value of the purchase order is approximately EUR 0.7 million. The order will not change Bittium's financial outlook for the year 2019, published on August 8, 2019 in Bittium's Half Year Financial Report January-June 2019.

Bittium Tough SDR product family

Bittium Tough SDR product family of tactical radios consists of Bittium Tough SDR Handheld, tactical handheld radio for individual soldiers, and Bittium Tough SDR Vehicular, tactical radio for vehicle installations. Bittium Tough SDR products help to produce and share real time situational awareness (location, image, voice, video, and sensor data) to all levels of the organization. This improves the performance and the effectiveness of the tactical troops, and leading the troops is easier based on the up-to-date situational awareness and more reliable connections. The uniquely wide range of frequency bands in the radios improves combat survivability. Using several waveforms, even simultaneously, improves compatibility and enables operations on different levels and missions. Together with the SDR based Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network (TAC WIN) system, used for forming a tactical broadband mobile IP backbone network, it is possible to bring broadband data and voice to all mobile troops across the battlefield, all the way from brigade level to an individual fighter.