Supporting innovation in the military

April 26, 2022
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A growing number of military research agencies are turning to ATDI for spectrum engineering support for complex radio modelling problems. 

Innovation has long been a buzzword in the military, but talking the talk doesn’t always result in change for soldiers on the ground. It’s unclear whether technology or operational necessity drives innovation in the military. What is clear is that without a constant stream of innovative technologies and capabilities, the military will fail to identify future threats and modernise to gain strategic and tactical advantages. 

This is where ATDI and military research agencies come to the fore. Strategic partnerships between the private sector and the military are not new. However, research agencies are looking externally to improve turnaround times, gaining access to industry recognised solutions and reducing their reliance on in-house experts.

ATDI has worked with Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl). Dstl provides an independent review of products and solutions to support UK military operations. Dstl is exploring the use of HTZ Warfare to predict military communications and electronic warfare systems RF performance while supporting real-time situational awareness in the battlespace. HTZ Warfare is also being evaluated for radio systems to ensure they not only communicate but have sufficient capacity to meet the military’s growing reliance on big data. And, HTZ is used as a concept demonstrator for a web-based service, providing an easy to use interface for users to make calculations using the HTZ Warfare spectrum engine without training. 

Similarly, the Agency for Defence Development (ADD) in South Korea, has been working with ATDI for over a decade using HTZ Warfare to support tactical radios, radars and satellites. It is used across a number of technologies ranging from maritime communications to unmanned vehicles. Projects include modelling drone-to-drone communications, where one drone uses a high-altitude platform (HAP) to extend the communication range of the drone. This project applied ITU-R 528 propagation model to model network coverage in HTZ Warfare. ATDI also provides support for managing satellite coordination for GSO and non-GSO satellites. 

In Australia, the Defence Science & Technology Group is the leading agency to safeguard Australia and its national interests. The Group uses HTZ Warfare across the organisation. One primary use case is frequency coordination and frequency deconfliction in the battlespace environment. They also utilise the RRL plug-in alongside HTZ Warfare to access the ACMA’s Australia’s national spectrum regulator’s spectrum database for frequency assignment. The RRL plug-in acts as a middleware to import licensing data from the ACMA directly into HTZ Warfare. This enables the DSTG to model the impact of frequency allocation and increase spectrum awareness. HTZ Warfare is used across land-based communications and P2P microwave links.

Recent HTZ Warfare purchases come from the Defence Electronics Research Laboratory in India. They use HTZ Warfare to optimise the locations to deploy Direction finders (DF) and for tactical mission planning. HTZ was supported with a custom training course to enable the end-user to deploy the software at speed and to support ongoing operations.

Other use-cases include the modelling of Link16 into airport DVOR and aeronautical radar. HTZ supports the modelling of maritime surveillance drones to identify the maximum communication range and link reliability. This allows a drone to be located in one country but operating over a far larger area or across enemy terrain.

About ATDI

Many organisations are turning to ATDI to support transformational change instead of incremental advances. We provide specialist services to MOD and the wider government and work collaboratively with partners across military, government and security agencies, to provide expert advice and invaluable operational support. Our unique and up-to-date understanding of risks and opportunities within the defence industry is achieved through horizontal scanning. In response, new and improved features and functions are added to our software solutions. HTZ Warfare, our tactical radio planning software is used across all domains; land air and sea. 

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