Israel’s Rafael unveiled a new SDR radio with an unprecedented bandwidth

TEL AVIV, ($1=3.23 Israeli Shekels) – The Israeli company Rafael [FY 2020 Revenu: $2.7 billion], one of the four largest Israeli arms exporting companies, has introduced a new software radio system BNET NANO, learned citing Defense Express. It expands Raphael’s existing line of SDR tools and, according to Israeli engineers, should significantly change the situation on the battlefield.

Israel's Rafael unveiled a new SDR radio with an unprecedented bandwidth
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The radio, which is made in a new palm-sized form factor, has the same technological advantages as the other products in the BNET line, SDR-scalability, multi-channel reception, advantage in the frequency spectrum.

According to the Israeli company BNET NANO, it provides innovative battlefield capabilities based on the technologies developed by Rafael – multi-channel reception [MCR], unprecedented network bandwidth in terms of data rate and several users, minimal latency, and support for “flat” networks with hundreds of subscribers.

BNET cognitively manages resources with a limited spectrum, ensuring seamless communication of large military formations with minimal planning and efficient use of the entire spectrum of radio frequencies. BNET radios confidently provide communication in areas where GPS signals are suppressed, which is a typical scenario on today’s battlefield. BNET devices can detect and avoid spectrum interference and operate as low-interception or detection devices [so-called LPI / LPD devices] in dense environments.

Commenting on the event, Joffa Vermouth, Rafael’s vice president and head of C3I, said: “BNET NANO radio is a significant step forward for fighters and combat platforms, which is significant and will have a powerful effect. Raphael’s patented BNET MCR solution is integrated into a small form factor that allows you to work with multiple groups of voice, streaming, and video – all in one device. MCR technology breaks the paradigm of single-channel radio and allows you to receive dozens of channels simultaneously.”

For his part, Amihai Dekel, Rafael’s director of business development at C3I, added: “Our solution is embodied in a box the size of a soldier’s palm. It is an innovative solution that will help solve many tactical programs that previously had bandwidth limitations. Finally, it allows the bandwidth to be increased and hundreds of fighters and units to be connected without burdening the soldier with several data transmission systems that provide information exchange.”

According to the company’s representatives, Rafael BNET is a light radio receiver capable of providing point-to-point and point-to-multipoint communication topology, as well as a dedicated network that will provide constant communication to all brigade personnel in the Operation area.

BNET on exhibitions

Rafael plans to expose BNET at the upcoming international defense exhibitions, including AUSA, which will take place on October 11-13 this year. in Washington [USA] the exhibition for defense technologies SITDEF-2021, which will be held on October 26-31 in Lima [Peru]; exhibitions FEINDEF-2021 in Spain, Expodefensa-2021 in Colombia and ADEX-2021-in South Korea and others.


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