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German Army’s new battle management system declared operational

German Army battle management system
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The German Army has put into operation the new SitaWare Frontline battle management system (BMS) delivered by Denmark-based Systematic.

The milestone was achieved after Germany ordered the system in December 2019 to meet the requirements of its BMS for NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force 2023 (Land) (VJTF (L) 2023) program.

The software establishes a battle management application framework that acts as an ecosystem for the land forces and enables the integration of existing and future capabilities.

The BMS produces a situational picture that provides both the individual soldier and the military leader with an overview of the situation adapted to their respective command level. Thus, it generates a representation of his immediate surroundings for the individual soldier on the battlefield, which makes it much easier for him to carry out his mission and orientate himself in the terrain.

SitaWare Frontline provides an automatically updated situational awareness picture that features the disposition of forces, danger areas, points of interest, and intelligence on an enemy. Further functionality includes tactical chat, the possibility to integrate sensors and effectors, and the ability to make and display tactical orders directly on a touchscreen interface.

SitaWare Frontline will be installed on various vehicle types operating as part of VJTF 2023.

The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) noted that the system already underwent operational tests and that it garnered approval from the users.

“SitaWare has an open architecture, enabling the customer to drive the development of the capability,” Sven Trusch, vice president of business development at Systematic GmbH, said in December 2019 when the contract for the delivery of the system was announced. “The software development kits being delivered under the program enable the armed forces and third parties to develop bespoke applications or build extensions that facilitate the integration of other systems.”

The German Army has already selected SitaWare Headquarters to enhance the C2 capabilities of its deployable command posts, and the software is in operational use as part of NATO’s Lithuania-based Enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup, for which Germany is the framework nation.