Bittium Tough SDR™ tactical radios

Bittium Corporation’s subsidiary Bittium Wireless Ltd and the Finnish Defence Forces signed an Agreement on Purchasing the Bittium Tough SDR tactical radios

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Bittium Wireless Ltd, a subsidiary of Bittium Corporation and Finnish Defence Forces Logistics Command have today signed an Agreement on the purchase of Bittium Tough SDR handheld and vehicle radios, and their related accessories. The value of the Purchase Agreement is approximately EUR 10.5 million (excl. VAT) (EUR 13 million, incl. VAT) at the maximum. The new software-defined-radio based tactical radios will be used at the first phase by the Army and the delivery will be completed at the latest by the end of the year 2020. This purchase agreement does not change Bittium Corporation’s financial outlook for the year 2018 published on August 8, 2018 in the half-year financial report.

Bittium Tough SDR™ tactical radios

The Purchase
Agreement signed today, is based on the Letter of Intent for purchase of
new tactical radios, signed by Bittium and Finnish Defence Forces on
August 8, 2017. The Purchase Agreement signed today is a natural
continuum to the Letter of Intent. Bittium issued a stock exchange
release on the Letter of Intent on August 8, 2017.

The purchase
agreement includes terms for optional additional purchase, according to
which, the Finnish Defence Forces have an option to purchase additional
tactical radios and their related accessories, training and system
management for the use of Army, Air Force and Navy, based on the prices
agreed in the Purchase Agreement. If these optional additional purchase
amounts would materialize in full, the total value of the purchase would
be approximately EUR 207 million (excl. VAT) (EUR 257 million, incl.
VAT) at the maximum. As agreed in the Letter of Intent, the Finnish
Defence Forces aim at making these additional purchases during the next
ten years. The materialization of the purchase is affected by the yearly
state budget allocations for the administrative of the Ministry of
Defence. There will be separate purchase orders for these optional
additional purchases.

Bittium Tough SDR
handheld and vehicle radios are intended for renewing the Finnish
Defence Forces’ existing stock of tactical radios with modern, software
defined radio based broadband data transfer radios to support the
reformed combat doctrine. The tactical radios are compatible with
Bittium Tactical Wireless IP Network™ (TAC WIN) SDR based system already
used by the Finnish Defence Forces. In the first phase, the tactical
radios will be used by the Land forces. With this purchase, the Army
will start a phased replacement of analogical field radios. In the
software defined radio based radios a part of the performance will be
created through the software used in the radio. This way with the help
of software development the performance of the radio can be developed
throughout their whole life cycle.

“The Finnish Defense
Forces are global pioneers in the field of modern tactical
communication and software-defined radio and we are proud of our
seamless cooperation with them”, says Hannu Huttunen, CEO of Bittium
Corporation. “This long-term cooperation with our domestic customer
creates us also a solid ground and reference for our international
growth.”

Bittium issued a
stock exchange release yesterday, on December 11, 2018, on the
authorization of the Minister of Defence Jussi Niinistö for the Finnish
Defence Forces Logistics Command to enter into an Agreement with Bittium
Wireless Ltd, on the purchase of Bittium Tough SDR™ handheld and
vehicle radios, and their related accessories. This Agreement was signed
today.

Bittium Tough SDR product family

The Bittium Tough
SDR product family of tactical radios consists of Bittium Tough SDR
Handheld™, tactical handheld radio for individual soldiers, and Bittium
Tough SDR Vehicular™, tactical radio for vehicle installations. Bittium
Tough SDR products help to produce and share real time situational
awareness (location, image, voice, video, and sensor data) to all levels
of the organization. This improves the performance and the
effectiveness of the tactical troops, and leading the troops is easier
based on the up-to-date situational awareness and more reliable
connections. The uniquely wide range of frequency bands in the radios
improves combat survivability. Using several waveforms, even
simultaneously, improves compatibility and enables operations on
different levels and missions. Together with the SDR based Bittium
Tactical Wireless IP Network™ (TAC WIN) system, used for forming a
tactical broadband mobile IP backbone network, it is possible to bring
broadband data and voice to all mobile troops starting from brigade
level and all the way across the battlefield.

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