Communication and Electromagnetic Protection Systems

Communication and command & control systems need to make information available to all levels of command without delay. The secure transmission of information between sensor systems, decision makers and operational units presents a particular challenge during mobile operations.  All the systems in use by the Armed Forces which are directly connected to the electromagnetic sphere must observe the measures designed to protect them against electromagnetic risks and the legal limitations on emissions from non-ionizing radiation. Our experts evaluate and test communication and command & control systems to ensure that they meet military and statutory requirements.

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Further development of the NEMP field simulator
Further development of the NEMP field simulator

Further development of the NEMP field simulator

Improvement from seven to two nanoseconds

The VEPES open-field simulator in Spiez for simulating nuclear electromagnetic pulses (NEMP) has undergone continuous further development over the last few years so that the required conditions in accordance with the current MIL and IEC standards can be verified.

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Factsheet 1

Tests on the Patrol Boat 16's radio systems

Tests on the Patrol Boat 16's radio systems

armasuisse S+T has carried out checks on the wiring installed in the radio systems fitted to the prototype of the Patrol Boat 16 and has measured the links between the systems in order to estimate the potential for mutual interference. The Patrol Boat 16 is equipped with a wide range of communication, navigation and locating systems, the proper functioning of which depends on the quality of the connections to the antennae (i.e. the cables, plugs, etc.) installed in the boat but which are also potentially affected by mutual interference. Both these aspects were the subject of the investigations undertaken by the Communications and Electromagnetic Protection division.

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Factsheet 2

New cables for IBBK radio

Transmitter

IBBK radio is the Swiss population’s source of information in crisis situations. The network is constantly maintained. In view of a certain amount of ageing, the current coaxial cables to the emergency transmitters have to be replaced.  Evaluating the candidate replacement equipment requires specialist knowledge of materials and electrical engineering.

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Factsheet 3

Revised threat from high-power electromagnetic waves

Test environment for the Tiger F-5

The Swiss armaments procurement agency already knew about Nuclear Electromagnetic Pulse (NEMP) 50 years ago, thanks to the strong contacts between ETHZ and American research institutes. During this time, the relevant US protective measures against ground-level detonations have been applied in Switzerland.

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Factsheet 4

Study on disruptive effects of wind power plants

Wind power plants
Wind power plants

With the move away from fossil fuels, there is growing interest in wind energy. There is a risk, however, that wind power plants in Switzerland could adversely affect DDPS installations. S+T was tasked with doing basic analysis to establish the extent to which wind power plants are potentially disruptive to DDPS systems and to determine the means by which this could be avoided.

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Factsheet 5

Antenna technology: supporting security

Antenna technology: supporting security
Antenna technology: supporting security

Antennas are core elements in communication and surveillance systems. S+T analyzes technological developments and examines antennas in light of the Swiss Armed Forces' very diverse requirements.

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Factsheet 6

A glimpse into space: deployment scenarios for satellites

A glimpse into space: deployment scenarios for satellites
A glimpse into space: deployment scenarios for satellites

The options for deploying satellites in the communications field have been investigated, analyzed and evaluated by S+T. The resulting study, delivered to the Army Staff, sums up the principal findings, from scientific aspects and a market analysis to the future prospects for satellite systems.


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Electromagnetic Protection Systems
Dr. Alain Jaquier
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CH-3602 Thun
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Electromagnetic Protection Systems
Dr. Alain Jaquier
Feuerwerkerstrasse 39
CH-3602 Thun

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