The Bundeswehr recently received the last of twelve mobile protected telecommunications reconnaissance vehicles (MoGeFA) ordered. The general contractor Plath handed over the vehicles with the reconnaissance systems on time to the Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw).
The modern reconnaissance systems for signal detection (Signals Intelligence, SIGINT) are integrated into the all-terrain, protected vehicle 6 × 6 Yak and consist of elements from Elettronica, Innosystec and Procitec. The latter are independent companies within the Plath Group. Rheinmetall, responsible for the vehicle share, is also one of the project participants. Plath S&I coordinated the installation of the hardware and software systems by those involved and built the system by integrating the components.
MoGeFA is used in teams of three vehicles in the battalions for electronic warfare in the cyber and information space in order to cover the entire electronic spectrum. In this way, on behalf of the Strategic Reconnaissance Command, complete radio situation images are determined in mission-relevant frequency ranges. The recorded radio signals can be assigned to the place of their origin and their type of user types. Allocation to management levels is possible in the military sector. This helps to recognize and track structures, movements and intentions of the opponent. Since it is not possible to differentiate between civil and military radio traffic, special precautions were necessary to maintain data protection.
During the mission, MoGeFA makes an important contribution to clarifying the situation and directly supports the conduct of operations during the mission. This is of particular importance at the beginning of operations and during high-intensity operations. In this way, MoGeFA also makes a direct contribution to protecting one's own forces.
MoGeFA performs a similar task on the ground as the airborne ISIS (Integrated SIGINT System), for which a carrier has been sought for years. The persistent reconnaissance system “Persistent German Airborne Surveillance System” (PEGASUS) was initially to be integrated into the unmanned Euro Hawk. After the Euro Hawk could not fly as required in European airspace, the project was stopped. A realization with the also unmanned Triton selected below, a further development of the Euro Hawk, had to be canceled for the same reason without success.
It is currently being investigated whether Bombardier's Global 6000 manned business aircraft could be used as a carrier for the signal-capturing airborne long-range surveillance and reconnaissance (SLWÜA).
On the ground, the yak, which belongs to class 3 of the protected command and control vehicles (GFF) and was introduced between 2004 and 2017, is used as a carrier. The yak, based on the Duro from, was adapted by Rheinmetall as a general contractor to the needs of the German armed forces. The Bundeswehr uses 175 vehicles with different mission equipment (medical services, military police, security, ordnance disposal, observation and reconnaissance, leadership, border surveillance as well as transport and logistics). Of these, twelve were made available for MoGeFA.
The seven-ton (empty weight) multi-purpose vehicles can carry 5.5 tons of payload. The 6-cylinder Cummins diesel engine with an output of 184 kW drives all six wheels of the all-terrain yak via an Allison 2500S automatic transmission and enables a top speed of over 100 km / h on the road.
Communication and education from a single sourceA clear picture of the situation is required on the digital battlefield. Quickly available, autonomous communication solutions form the backbone, because they are responsible for the transmission in a reliable and secure way. And that across all levels, from infantrymen and land vehicles to helicopters, drones or ships.