Elbit Systems’ New Backpackable Military IP Radio (MIPR) Supports WIde-Band, High-Rate Data Transmission


Elbit Systems is introducing a new, tactical manpack software defined radio at Eurosatory, extending its family of SDR radios to vehicle mounted and dismounted applications. The new backpackable software defined Military IP Radio (MIPR) weighs about four kg and is fully developed by Elbit Systems.

Elbit Systems' SDR-7200 Software defined Radio. Photo: Elbit Systems

Earlier in 2010 Elbit Systems introduced the SDR-7200 – an encrypted, frequency-hopping software defined radio designed for operation in tactical land, air and naval platforms. Designed and developed by the company’s Land and C4I-Tadiran division, the new radio offers flexible interoperability with different networks, services, coalition forces and agencies that make their waveforms available for joint operations.

Eliminating potential compromise of data security, the radio integrates an inherent firewall, separating “black” from “red” information, allowing the secure transfer of data across secure networks while maintaining access to other systems. The new radio allows simultaneous, single network voice and data operation using only 25Khz of the VHF bandwidth, allowing maximum data rate of 115.2kbps. Simultaneously the radio can transfer multi-megabyte data rates over broadband links. The new radio enables multiple operators to communicate and transfer data, on one or more networks, simultaneously, allowing for the reduction of radios held within a battle group, potentially saving weight and volumetric space inside vehicles, surface vessels and aircraft.

At Eurosatory Elbit Systems is unveiling the latest member of the family, MiPR. This new tactical manpack radio can transfer data at rates up to 13.3 Mbps, enabling forward deployed commanders, intelligence and target acquisition elements to access wideband information networks, facilitating the transfer of live video, voice and data over IP networks. MIPR has diverse operational capabilities support both LOS and NLOS connectivity and operation during mobility at speeds of up to 300 Km/h. A Voice over IP (VoIP) radio, MIPR provides full-duplex voice communication with active noise reduction, selective calling, priority break-in and the capability to hear four voice groups simultaneously.

MIPR provides connectivity for dozens of members per network. The system supports a variety of configurations, including point-to- point (PtP), point-to-multipoint (PtMP) and mobile ad-hoc networks (MANET). The radio has built-in Electronic Counter-CounterMeasures (ECCM) employing jammer rejection, bit spreading and frequency-hopping. It also supports secure communication through advanced encryption algorithms.

Elbit Systems developed the SDR radios as part of an Israeli MOD program since 2005. Initial systems have been delivered in 2010 and are equipping military formations at tactical levels, as part of the Digital Army Program (DAP).