Bittium develops capabilities for autonomous systems in a project under the European Defence Industr
Bittium is part of the iMUGS (integrated Modular Unmanned Ground System) project that is operating under the European Defence Industrial Development Programme (EDIDP). The iMUGS project is developing new capabilities for European defence forces based on autonomous systems.
Goal of the project is to develop a modular and scalable architecture for hybrid manned-unmanned systems in order to address a large range of missions and to enable easy update or modification of assets and functionalities within the system: aerial and ground platforms, command, control and communication equipment, sensors, payloads and algorithms. The project will also develop a prototype for demonstrating the features of the implementation.
In the project, Bittium is responsible for the execution of resilient and networked data transfer, including both tactical communications and data transfer over commercial 4G and 5G cellular networks. The iMUGS project will begin in 2021 and the duration of the project is approximately 30 months. The participating countries in the project are Belgium, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia and Spain. The total value of the project is approximately EUR 32 million of which Bittium’s share is approximately EUR 3.5 million. The project does not change Bittium's financial outlook for the year 2020.
“The project is a significant first step towards new type of performance. Autonomous systems is an extremely important new domain in both civilian and tactical applications. We are proud to have been selected to this project based on our high-quality competences,” says Jari Sankala, Senior Vice President, Defense & Security, Bittium.