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    Radios

    RFT Software Defined Radio

    The Defence Forces of Ireland are considering the purchase of Software Defined Radios (SDR) as the next generation of tactical radios for the Irish Defence Forces. It is envisioned that the SDR platform will provide enhanced capabilities to include as a minimum high bandwidth data and voice transmission for ISR applications. Software Defined Radios which operate in the VHF, UHF and HF bands are considered as optimal. Characteristically the SDR must provide Commsec and Transec communications for both voice and data communications. Consideration will be given to the SDR's suite of narrow band wide band waveforms. Interoperability with partner nations will be a potential requirement for the Irish Defence Forces. Therefore, the SDR's ability to port different waveforms will be viewed as a potential benefit for the Defence Forces. The ability to generate and create waveforms for different tactical applications will be researched as part of this programme. Any purchase of an SDR will be expected to remain in service for the next 15 to 20 years. SDR's for review must be tactically fielded and have a proven maintenance and support capability.

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    What year did the SINCGAR come in must be coming on 30 years with that
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    Ex CIS. I retired in 1999 and Sincgar was in a few years prior to that.

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    I remember them being used for CIT escorts in 1996.

    Given the AN/PRC77 and AN/VRC46 they replaced had been in service since the late 60s worldwide i even then we were late to the game.

    With regards to interoperability with partner states, what are most of the rest of the EU military using these days?
    Is there any advantage in incorporating a motorola type handheld on the same net?
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    There was previously a PIN in 2013

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    SINCGARS entered service in 1996.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trellheim View Post
    What year did the SINCGAR come in must be coming on 30 years with that
    That makes me feel old - I remember when it was considered the newest of shiny new things.
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    Even with software defined ability, the rapid pace at which both hardware and software changes means that it is unlikely that any manufacturer will be able to stand over a product that will last the next 15-20 years. Unrealistic expectation.

    5 -7 years at best.

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    Being SDR you’d assume software can be updated

    Radios now are generally modular and they can be upgraded and replaced

    The 15-20 years could be more to do with tech support, spares etc

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