FONET Tactical Network Backbone

FONET Tactical Network Backbone

FONET is a set of devices and their software creating a unified data exchange base between military vehicles on the battlefield.

FONET Tactical Network Backbone

One of its basic functions is providing digital voice communications based on available means of communication. Furthermore the system integrates the military vehicle's electronic equipment as well as controls wired and radio networks.
FONET Tactical Network Backbone

Military vehicles equipped with FONET are capable to operate in automated command systems or fi re control systems. Modular concept of the system enables selection of appropriate confi guration for each military vehicle while ensuring full compatibility between voice communication and data exchange.
The FONET system has been developed into a series of software solutions allowing for the execution of tasks imposed by the modern battlefi eld. With full suport for IP solutions and the integration of all available means of communication, the system allows for integration of military vehicles equipped with FONET into an extensive information network for data exchange and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) communication. A military vehicle equipped with FONET system becomes an effective component of contemporary and future network-centric command systems.

The FONET system components have been designed to meet the needs of their direct users and to facilitate to the maximum the processes of installation and upgrading of older military vehicles.
The small size and variety of modules, the possibility to programmatically and flexibly define functionalities and connections details enable the optimum selection of a suitable type of desktop for every crew member, easy integration in any military vehicle and susceptibility to expand and modify the installation, virtually without limitation. Possible changes in the structure of connections between members of the crew, access rights to means of communication, data flow diagram, changes in the quantity and types of headsets are performed through modifications of the system configuration. This approach also enables the continuous development of the system functionality without having to replace the hardware.

FONET provides connectivity, which is not confined to a single military vehicle. It provides a basis for building complex battlefield management systems (BMS, C4I), where the possibility of digital voice communication and data exchange between military vehicle crews are of fundamental importance. The standard double conductor field cable PKL (or LFC – Light Field Cable), which is the transmission medium of the FONET network, allows for undisturbed, simultaneous data transmission and conversations at distances of up to 1 200m and 3 000m. Does the same double-conductor wire combine superior officer’s desktops outside and inside a military vehicle. With this solution, every superior officer can work outside a military vehicle, having access to an identical set of features as those available insides. Cable connectivity allows to carry out operations during radio silence (resistance to enemy electronic warfare). The system’s central unit is additionally equipped with a dual-port link of a distributed Ethernet network, which allows for the direct connection between a military vehicle and tactical IP networks. The system provides interfaces for connecting a military vehicle to field telephone networks as well as to public telephone networks PBX. Moreover, the computers manufactured by WB Electronics are equipped with FONET interface and can serve as complete portable operating posts ensuring continuity of command and access to mobile means of communications, including elevated command posts.

  • modular, scalable system design,
  • full software configuration, even after installation,
  • simple and inexpensive wiring,
  • light field cable provides power to desktops as well as simultaneous digital voice communication and data transmission over long distances,
  • on-board communication (data exchange and digital voice communication) at the level of a single military vehicle from a tank to complex command military vehicles,
  • digital voice communication and data exchange between multiple military vehicle crews being the base for building complex battlefield management systems (BMS, C4I),
  • digital speech signal processing with noise reduction,
  • adaptive noise reduction algorithms in each audio channel,
  • voice messages in many languages (also recorded by the user),
  • intuitiveness and simplicity in use
  • data exchange and digital voice communication at the level of a single military vehicle and between vehicles,
  • transmission of data available on every desktop,
  • support for multiple data transmission protocols, including data packets,
  • monitoring of alarm signals associated with triggering of voice and text messages,
  • integration of devices with different interfaces,
  • support for multiple radio stations in analogue and digital modes, automatic building of communication networks,
  • ensuring cooperation of various types of different generations of audio resources.