HENSOLDT integrates NH90 and TIGER helicopters into modern data link network for "Timber Express 2023"

Digital multi-domain communication put to the test

The OPTARION mission support system enables reliable communication between the NH90 (pictured left) and TIGER helicopters as well as other platforms such as the Tornado multi-role combat aircraft (pictured right) and the Panzerhaubitze 2000. Photo: Bundeswehr

Immenstaad, 13 November 2023 – As part of the German Armed Forces' "Timber Express 2023" exercise, sensor solution provider HENSOLDT has connected several flying platforms via data link and networked them with modern information systems. Using the EUA OPTARION mission support system, situational 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 2000 without any changes to the aircraft. For the first time, the data was also continuously synchronised with the Bundeswehr's new command information system.

"With the mission support system, we are able to integrate both existing and new platforms into the armed forces' digital command and control network without any changes to the aircraft," says Alex Irmscher, programme manager for ground stations at HENSOLDT. "We are working continuously with the Army Air Corps and the German Air Force to further advance command and control capabilities in the area of airborne systems and anchor them operationally alongside exercises."

The advantages that 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 armed forces in an interoperable information and communication network.



HENSOLDT is a leading company in the European defence industry with global reach. Based in Taufkirchen near Munich, the company develops complete sensor solutions for defence and security applications. As a technology leader, HENSOLDT drives the development of defence electronics and optronics and is continuously expanding its portfolio based on innovative approaches to data fusion, artificial intelligence and cyber security. With more than 6,500 employees, HENSOLDT achieved a turnover of 1.7 billion euros in 2022. HENSOLDT is listed in the MDAX of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Press contact:

Alexander Ogger                                                       
Tel.: +49 7364.9557-984
Mail: alexander.ogger@hensoldt.net

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