The BNET broadband IP SDR (software defined radio), supports the modern digital battlefield's needs with high-speed, low-delay, reliable connectivity for broadband data, voice and video on the move.

Atos and RAFAEL Win German Army’s “Glass Battlefield” Study Tender

Atos GmbH, as prime, has teamed up with RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems and various partners, to demonstrate use of UAS in conjunction with combat vehicles, to achieve a real-time, three-dimensional, dynamic situation picture for mobile operations

Tel Aviv, December 9, 2019 – Atos GmbH, a global leader in digital transformation has been selected to act as prime contractor by the German Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Federal Armed Forces (BAAINBw), for “Creation of a glass battlefield to support dynamic operations (ErzUntGlas)” study.

Atos has joined forces with RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems Ltd., developer and manufacturer leading edge defense solutions, to demonstrate use of UAS in conjunction with combat vehicles, to achieve a real-time, three-dimensional, dynamic situation picture for mobile operations.

For mobile battlefield reconnaissance, the German armed forces need many unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that can span a “Glass Battlefield”. A C4I command and communication network consisting of civilian and military components will be used. The study entails an annual demonstration experiment starting in 2019 and until 2023, which would then be followed by a project planning up to 2025.

FIRE WEAVER™ is a revolutionary networked sensor-to-shooter system which enables unequalled speed, accuracy & safety for the tactical forces.  It complements the BMS by connecting all sensors and shooters in real time, presenting relevant Augmented Reality information on the weapon sight, and instantly selecting the most relevant shooter for each target ‒ enabling simultaneous, precision strikes.

FIRE WEAVER™ is a revolutionary networked sensor-to-shooter system which enables unequalled speed, accuracy & safety for the tactical forces.
It complements the BMS by connecting all sensors and shooters in real time, presenting relevant Augmented Reality information on the weapon sight, and instantly selecting the most relevant shooter for each target ‒ enabling simultaneous, precision strikes.


As prime contractor that submitted the winning proposal, Atos will provide Project Lead and Integration, and RAFAEL will provide FIRE WEAVER (advanced 3D many-to-many sensor-to-shooter system) and BNET (patented broadband IP spectrum-sensing SDR system for both air and land platforms).

BNET is a Spectrum-Aware SDR – utilizing the spectral arena of the battlefield to the fullest in a cognitive way, using Multi-frequency Channel Reception (MCR), which enables it to receive and analyze information from numerous frequency channels, simultaneously, using a single RF head.

Mr. Yoav Wermuth, VP and head of RAFAEL’s C3I directorate: “Today’s battlefields are undergoing far-reaching changes that affect the operational needs of land, air and naval forces, with newly emerging real-time applications, such as sensor-to-effector cycle closure systems. Rising up to meet these challenges, and basing itself on decades of experience in the development of C4I solutions, RAFAEL has developed the BNET Family enhanced with a Patented technology, and the Fire Weaver for high-precision, three-dimensional, GPS-independent common visual language system. Assimilation of these systems into the Bundeswehr will lead to a number of significant changes: It will provide a common visual language between different types of units not only from the Bundeswehr, but also from allied forces, which share the same threats and missions, connecting multiple sensors and shooters on one single “flat” network.

The BNET broadband IP SDR (software defined radio), supports the modern digital battlefield's needs with high-speed, low-delay, reliable connectivity for broadband data, voice and video on the move.

The BNET broadband IP SDR (software defined radio), supports the modern digital battlefield’s needs with high-speed, low-delay, reliable connectivity for broadband data, voice and video on the move.

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The USAF is to replace its ageing UH-1N helicopters with the MH-139A, pictured. (Boeing)

USAF to Formally Accept MH-139A Helicopter

Barksdale AFB, La. — A ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at Duke Field, Florida, to accept the first delivery of the MH-139A and announce the name of the Air Force’s newest helicopter.

The MH-139A is the first service-unique helicopter acquired by the Air Force and the first major acquisition in Air Force Global Strike Command’s 10-year history. It will replace the Vietnam-era UH-1N “Hueys” which have capability gaps in the areas of speed, range, endurance, payload and survivability in support of the command’s intercontinental ballistic missile missions.

The aircraft will land in front of the hangar, at which time AFGSC Commander Gen. Tim Ray will step out and initiate the naming ceremony. Air Force senior leaders and key industry officials are expected to attend.

The helicopter was acquired from Boeing through a full and open competition at a cost of $2.38 billion for up to 84 aircraft — acquisition officials saved $1.7 billion in the program for taxpayers. It is the command’s first commercial “off-the-shelf” purchase, adding military-unique modifications.

The MH-139A will provide security and support for the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missile fields which span Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota, Colorado and Nebraska, all with increased range, speed and payload. Other missions include civil search and rescue capabilities, airlift support, National Capital Region missions, survival school and test support.

The aircraft will provide vertical airlift and support the requirements of five Air Force major commands and operating agencies: Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Force District of Washington, Air Education and Training Command, Air Force Materiel Command and Pacific Air Forces. AFGSC is the Air Force lead command and operational capability requirements sponsor.

The USAF is to replace its ageing UH-1N helicopters with the MH-139A, pictured. (Boeing)

The USAF is to replace its ageing UH-1N helicopters with the MH-139A, pictured. (Boeing)