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Captain Bodil Böös at P7 educates on the new armoured vehicle 360 which is equipped with the new communication technologie.Captain Bodil Böös at P7 educates on the new armoured vehicle 360 which is equipped with the new communication technologie.

How do you sort out all the voice communication and data traffic in an armoured vehicle with a three-man crew and up to eight soldiers? The answer is KomNod, an IP-based communications exchange that makes sure the right message gets to the right place.

- This is like a dream come true, says Roland Thorsson, a project manager at FMV. We started looking at this as early as the 70s and 80s. The advent of computers gave us the tools to do it, but now is the first time we have been able to turn it into reality, at a reasonable cost.

At the heart of KomNod is a router that directs all the traffic. With the help of advanced software, specially adapted for each platform, users have no need to think about how their message should be sent.

 - The user only needs one tool to deal with any number of situations. You can be connected to several networks and listen to a lot of other stations simultaneously, says Roland Thorsson.

Task flexibility

Everyone can communicate internally with the help of a central unit and a number of operator panels, into which their helmet headphones are plugged. Radio stations, external telephone connections and other sound sources can also be connected. All operators have their own panel and can be given varying authority to use the different functions.

When the armoured vehicle has connections to other nodes in the core network, either via cable or radio, all operators are able to hold a voice conversation with anybody else in the network.

 If the inbuilt router has contact with the core network’s data network, users can plug in a computer, communicate with the outside world and get access to the services and information available from the Armed Forces’ command and information systems, such as SLB and Sweccis.

 - Operators are also able to easily adapt KomNod to various situations, and those with administrator rights can configure it for different types of missions, says Roland.

KomNod to be fitted to a range of platforms 

FMV carried out an in-depth study and produced technical specifications as the basis for a competitive tender process. The Thales Group won the contract and in summer 2013 they delivered version 1.0 of KomNod. This delivery also included 170 systems for fitting in the Patria armoured vehicle (Ptgb 360) and the Bv 410 amphibious armoured vehicle.

- In the next phase we will be procuring KomNod for other platforms, including Sweden’s Leopard tanks (Strv 122), the CV 90 infantry fighting vehicle and the Amphibious Battalion’s vessels, explains Roland.

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Published: 2014-05-26 16:02. Changed: 2014-05-26 16:02. Responsible: Show e-mail address.