HENSOLDT | Integration of NH90 and TIGER helicopters into modern data link network
Defence Redefined
Published on 20/11/2023 at 17:59

As part of the German Armed Forces’ (Bundeswehr) “Timber Express 2023” exercise, HENSOLDT connected several flying platforms via data link and networked them with modern information systems, trialing digital multi-domain communication. 

Using the EUA OPTARION mission support system, situational awareness information could be reliably communicated between the NH90 and TIGER helicopters and other platforms such as the Tornado multi-role combat aircraft and the self-propelled howitzer Panzerhaubitze 2000. 

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For the first time, the data was continuously synchronized with Bundeswehr’s new command information system.

According to the company, with the said mission support system, they are able to integrate both existing and new platforms into the Armed Forces’ digital command and control network without any changes to the aircraft carrying it. 

The advantages, which the EUA OPTARION offers its users, were successfully demonstrated for the third time as part of “Timber Express 2023”. As a link between reconnaissance and operational elements, relevant data could be communicated digitally along the sensor-to-effector chain. 

This interaction forms the basis for efficient command and control and the deployment of the Armed Forces in an interoperable information and communication network.

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