Indra and Thales design the digital brain that will ensure control of the Spanish Army's battlefield
Indra, one of the leading technology and consulting companies and one of the global defense technology companies, and Thales, a leading technology company for the Defense, Aerospace, Security and Digial Identity and Transportation markets, are finalizing the development of the new version of the Battlefield Management System (BMS, Battlefield Management System), the most advanced and effective tactical command and control solution on the market and with which the Spanish Army ensures its superiority in any field operation.
A paratroopers unit of the Spanish Army, on international peacekeeping mission, is deployed in the face of the confirmed threat that the enemy has taken positions in two neighborhoods of a major city. Each of the airlifts in which they move has the BMS tactical command and control system from Indra and Thales, which allows them to visualize in real time the exact position of each member of the group as they move towards the target. There are also infantry units that march in silence, coordinating via text messaging without the need to use the voice. They carry a rugged tablet that connects via WiFi to their tactical radios and communicates them with the chain of command and collateral. The entire group simultaneously receives orders updated with the mission plan along with images and videos of the lens.
They hear gunshots and a soldier gets out of the vehicle to inspect. On digital cartography, mark the position of a sniper on the screen to warn the rest of the units. At the same time, he is warned that another unit has detected an improvised explosive device on a nearby street. Support for its deactivation is requested and the Chief of Operation orders the aggregation of a section of sappers which is dynamically incorporated into the deployment. The controls follow everything that happens in real time from the base and prepare fire support in automatic coordination with the artillery.
This is one of the use cases that the “Almogávares” VI Paratroopers Brigade of Paracuellos de Jarama has recreated in recent exercises to test the new version of the BMS system.
This evolution of BMS offers unique capabilities to operate in demanding bandwidths, the most common in tactical communications. This ensures the perfect functioning of the system in the most complex scenarios, where communications are difficult and the enemy tries to prevent them. The system is optimized to be able to exchange not only text and images, but also video in real time.
BMS integrates seamlessly with NATO standards, making it interoperable with other countries' systems. It also allows the controllers running the operation to make changes to the order of battle on the fly and thus react to any unforeseen unforeseen events.
This solution also integrates with the Army Logistics Management System (SIGLE) to streamline and automate inventory management as well as other Army systems through the standard RTD interface for tactical data exchange.
The SYNAPS radio could also be tested during the exercise. This high-capacity tactical radio, with ESSOR architecture, is a bi-channel bi-band (VHF/UHF) radio designed specifically for collaborative combat and continuity of the chain of command. SYNAPS capabilities enable unit integration through interoperability with existing SP4G combat radios and the ability to scale new performance and functional services that can be integrated into BMS-ET in the future, preserving the security, integrity and confidentiality of communications. At the same time, it offers the 2035 Brigade the possibility of reducing its logistics footprint by covering, with a single radio station instead of three, the needs of communication with the upper and lower steps with a single VHF channel and simultaneously having the high bandwidth performance provided by the UHF channel. The BMS-ET Command Post showed a real-time video transmitted by an observation unit more than 10 kilometers away.
The Army has already deployed in real operations abroad with the first version of the BMS system, which has yielded great results in facilitating force coordination and interoperability with other allies.
The growing digitalization of the battlefield has turned the data into a decisive factor for any army to be imposed on its opponents. The Spanish Army has been working with Indra and Thales for years on this advanced system, with which it has positioned itself at the forefront of European command and control technologies.
In an increasingly complex future of defence, with increasingly diverse scenarios and sensors present everywhere and in continuous motion, the Army's centre of gravity remains the combatant and requires technologies that enable it to carry out its missions collaboratively with its allies and that allow it, likewise, a better and faster decision-making. In this sense, the BMS becomes a key tool, providing and managing all the necessary information, in the shortest possible time, ensuring the success of the mission. One could say that this system is, in some way, the embryo of the future combat cloud in which all systems and platforms, manned or not, will be interconnected, constituting a complex adaptive system, where agility and seamless exchange of information is key.
The degree of technological development that the Spanish Army has achieved in everything related to this technology allows Spain to lead the most ambitious European initiatives and address the development of the next generation of strategic and operational command and control systems, levels higher than the tactical level already covered by the BMS.