The Indian Air Force is currently testing its first Bnet radio stations provided by Rafael Advanced Defence Systems, Israel. The system should be operational by 2020.

In 2018, the Indian Air Force (IAF) ordered 1,000 Bnet tactical radio sets from Israeli industrialist Rafael. The system is described by Rafael as an IP data link based on software radio.

Broadband MANET IP Software Defined Radio

The Bnet Data Link system has a wide range of operational capability

In operations that demand high mobility and connectivity, yet no infrastructure, Rafael’s BNET is the optimal solution. BNET is an advanced IP Mobile Adhoc Network (MANET) Software Defined Radio (SDR) for tactical operations.

With unique high spectrum efficiency, as well as cognitive capabilities, the BNET offers exceptional connectivity, enhancing the exchange of information on the battlefield. Providing simultaneous voice, data and video communication, BNET offers capacity, scalability, low latency and quality of service (QoS). 

The Bnet system works simultaneously and automatically on hundreds of frequencies to create a single, high-speed, secure broadcast frequency. According to Rafael, the system allows the exchange of voice communications or videos at a rate of 100 megabit per second. According to Rafael, this is a disruptive technology compared to traditional communication systems.

The 1,000 radios will be locally manufactured by ARC a joint venture of Rafael with Astra. They will be integrated on air platforms such as the Jaguar, the MiG-21 or the Sukhoi Su-30. Radios will also be used on the ground. The system is expected to be operational by 2020. Some Bnet stations have already been delivered and are undergoing testing by the IAF.

IDN at Aero India 2019