BNET Nano: Israel’s Rafael launches palm-sized software defined radio


Rafael BNET Nano Software Defined Radio: Israel’s leading defence technology firm Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Monday unveiled a new palm-sized software defined radio (SDR) known as BNET Nano Software Radio. The new radio shares the same technological advancements of the BNET family that include scalability, multi-channel reception, and spectrum superiority among other things, said the company.

Rafael said its BNET NANO Radio brings groundbreaking capabilities to the battlefield, based on the company’s Multi-Channel Reception (MCR) technology.

The radio works in GPS-denied areas, a growingly typical scenario in today’s battlefield. BNET is able to sense and avoid spectrum interference and operates as a LPI-LPD device in dense environments, said the company.

Yoav Wermuth, Head of Rafael’s C3I directorate said the BNET NANO radio was a significant advancement to soldiers and platforms that are very weight and power aware.

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Rafael BNET Nano Software Defined Radio

BNET Nano Software Defined Radio

“Rafael’s BNET MCR patent has been integrated into a small form factor allowing the operation of several voice groups, data streams and video, all in a single device. The MCR technology breaks the paradigm of a radio that has single channels, and allows the simultaneous reception of  dozens of channels,” Wermuth said in a statement sent to Defence Star.

Amihai Dekel, BD Director at Rafael’s C3I Directorate said the new radio set encapsulated in a box of the size of a soldier’s palm is a breakthrough that can address many tactical programs that have previously run into capacity restrictions.

“This technology finally enables the capacity and connectivity of hundreds of units, without burdening the soldier with several communication boxes that all require SWaP,” Dekel noted.

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Rafael BNET Nano Software Defined Radio

BNET is a lightweight radio unit enabling point-to-point and point-to-multipoint topology and an Ad Hoc Mesh Network, supporting complete brigade area-of operation connectivity with a unique SDR full IP design.

It offers unprecedented network capacity in terms of data rates and number of users, minimal delay, and support for flat networks with hundreds of members, said the company.

BNET cognitively manages scarce spectrum resources, providing seamless force merge with minimal planning and efficient spectrum usage.

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Rafael will showcase BNET NANO radio at upcoming international defense exhibitions such as AUSA Washington DC, SITDEF Peru, Expodefensa in Colombia, FEINDEF in Spain, ADEX Korea and others.

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