The Slovak Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BAE Systems the second phase of an interoperable mobile military communications system known as MOKYS.
The $30m contract is for development and delivery of seven prototype systems to the Slovak armed forces. BAE Systems was selected by the MoD for the first phase of the MOKYS program in December 2005.
The Internet Protocol-based communications system is said to combine handheld and manpack radios with integrated security and automated command and control routines. Its US- and NATO-compliant architecture reduces cost and complexity and provides software-defined waveform capability for future growth.
MOKYS will be provided in tailored configurations for command post, support, communications, and relay operations to support battalion brigade-level forces for national and coalition operations. The system’s design supports communications on the move and information interoperability. BAE Systems will lead the system development and delivery with support from US, German, Swedish, and Slovak companies.
The Slovak government will test the system in 2008, after which BAE Systems will initiate a production program.