For Leonardo the exercise, which ran from the 12th of September until the 7th of October in the Bolzano province, was the perfect opportunity to validate and enhance the capabilities developed for Forza NEC (Network Enabled Capabilities) project in a highly compartmentalised mountainous environment. Throughout Alpine Star, Leonardo provided its advanced tactical communications and distributed logistics technologies using unmanned systems that can operate in ever-changing environments, while increasing the protection of people in the field from potential threats.
During the exercise, Leonardo’s assets provided digital communications, exploiting the flexibility of SDR (Software Defined Radio) technology, which allows for the use of different waveforms (Broadband and Narrowband). More specifically, Narrow Band Adaptive Waveforms (NBAW), which, when combined with Mobile Ad Hoc NETwork (MANET) technology, allows for the reliable, long-distance relay of the position of the deployed units and short messages. In combination with remotely piloted aircraft, these capabilities also made it possible to extend radio coverage.