Army is planning to employ commercial-based WiMAX system to
support high capacity wireless data communications (broadband
connectivity) in support of deployed forces. The system will
support the transfer of classified information up to the 'restricted'
level, thus allowing direct access from the field level to INTRADEF,
the Intranet of the French Ministry of Defence.
The first implementation of this technology is scheduled for
testing by late summer 2007, to be followed by deployment of
initial cells, each covering about 15km x 15km area, supporting
440 terminals. A total acquisition of up to 30 cells is planned.
The system is being developed under a EUR 12.5 million contract
signed between the French Army central materiel directorate,
DCMAT and a team formed between EADS Defence and Communications
Systems (DCS) Business Unit – and TDF.