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Die Bundeswehr hat als digitales Gefechtsleitsystem das Battle Management System (BMS) SitaWare in die Truppe eingeführt. In Frankenberg/Sachsen haben Soldaten der Panzergrenadierbrigade 37 das neue BMS vorgestellt, das zu den Voraussetzungen für vernetzte Gefechtsführung auf nationaler und Bündnisebene gehört.

Die Panzergrenadierbrigade 37 wird Teil der NATO-Speerspitze „Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (Land)“ (VJTF (L)) sein und das neue digitale Gefechtsleitsystem 2023, wenn Deutschland die Speerspitze wieder führt,  erstmal im Einsatz nutzen.

The Battle Management System, as a technology common to the armed forces, is a key component in the digitization of land-based operations. The system is designed to ensure that the Bundeswehr can interoperably and interchangeably exchange information between command posts, units and allies.

The BMS compiles a situation-level picture that provides both the individual soldier and the military leader with an overview of the situation that is adapted to their respective command and control level: the system generates a representation of his immediate surroundings for the individual soldier on the battlefield Enforcement of his assignment and orientation in the field is significantly easier, while the responsible military leadership generates a complete overview of the area of ​​operation and the operational forces.

The system offers a modern management functionality with modern ergonomics based on the existing radio systems. With an open software architecture, the BMS enables adaptation to the various vehicles of the Bundeswehr.

The BWI, IT system house and digitization partner of the Bundeswehr, supports the German armed forces with the development and then also with the operation of IT services for the BMS, embedded in the Bundeswehr's Mission Enabling Service. In addition, it builds up the IT infrastructure necessary for the BMS for command posts and vehicles. In spring 2021, the equipment with the hardware intended for the BMS began. The new digital guidance system should be fully available in 2023. The "BMS VJTF 2023" project is part of the "Digitization of Land-based Operations" (D-LBO) program, with which the BWI, in addition to the Harmonization of Command and Control Systems / German Mission Network (HaFIS / GMN), makes its contribution to the networked, digital warfare of the Bundeswehr accomplishes.

The new BMS is based on the SitaWare product family from the Danish software developer Systematic. The BMS was tested in the Army Test and Test Association in Munster and tailored to the special requirements of the army according to the results.

With the BMS, missions are planned, locations and their own troops are shown and information is exchanged down to the individual soldiers who have been deployed. Comparable to an operating system such as Windows or iOS, it provides a user interface via which information is provided in the form of a real-time situation picture. The command and control system combines data from sensors and subsystems, such as ADLER (artillery, data, location and mission computer network), the command and control system of the artillery group.

The award process for the product was completed in less than twelve months, which is a remarkably short period of time for a highly complex and IT-connected armaments project.

Gerhard Heiming