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TATA SED developing "desi Blackberry" for Armed Forces

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  1. Chanakya's_Chant

    Chanakya's_Chant 2nd Lieutant FULL MEMBER

    Jul 22, 2013
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    TATA SED developing "desi Blackberry" for Armed Forces​


    The $110-billion Tata group may shortly be ready with desi version of technology-rich Blackberry phones to handle security communication in Indian defence forces.

    Tata Power’s strategic engineering division (SED) is working on a highly-secure android phone on a unique platform with versatile applications referred to as “desi Blackberry†internally. This is for exclusive use by three defence forces and security establishment.

    Tata Power SED that’s involved in R&D of high-end technology products for the defence sector has roped in engineers from the IITs to solve technology puzzles in the process.

    These “desi phones†with capability to handle highly encrypted coded conversations would be 100 per cent “made in India†without possible ‘malware from Chinese manufacturers’, a person clued into the development said without wanting to be identified in person.

    He said, “If everything goes well, we would be able produce these high end phone instruments that could surpass the best in Blackberry range or the likes.â€

    These instruments would not be for commercial sale in the retail market, nor would they compete with any of the mobile handsets available in the country.

    “These phones are being developed with a specific purpose and would exclusively cater to Indian defence forces,†the person said.

    The mobile instruments would be part of the country’s tactical communications system (TCS) being put up across army, air force and navy apart from the central command for these forces to handle “highly secure communication that cannot be interceptedâ€.

    Apart from Tata Power SED, state-owned defence PSU Bharat Electronics (BEL) and L&T are also reported to have been given the mandate to develop a large high security communications network with frontend “Blackberry-like†fancy features.

    These phones being developed by Tata Power SED would be capable of operating on “frequency hopping spectrum spread over different bands†to ensure virtually uninterrupted communication. These phones will be deployed from battle formations to command structures as a new generation meshed network.

    The network servers would themselves be based on lightweight high mobility vehicles that form nodes connected as a grid and carry the communication.

    The secure phones will work on high bandwidth networks with voice, video, data, high capacity point-to-point radio backbone, point to multipoint wireless access at the user end, robust and survivable trunk and access radios. The communication can be scaled up based on bandwidth on dedicated satellites.

    Phone instruments and the networks would be developed with inbuilt protection against cyber and electronic attacks using firewalls and frequency hopping spread spectrum techniques, the person quoted earlier said.

    The handset will bring in new technology for encryption – euphemism for coded conversations and data transfers — besides multilevel network security, real time management of spectrum, integration with legacy systems and strategic networks, national defence communication systems and interoperability within the army and other services during joint operations; light weight user terminal with integration in operating information systems.

    While the source of this report was unwilling to divulge the cost of the project, he said 80 per cent of the development cost would be borne by the government, while 20 per cent would have to be invested by private companies like Tata Power SED.

    Warfighter information network in the US and Falcon trunk communication programme in the British army seem to have provided useful insights for this project.

    Source:- http://www.mydigitalfc.com/news/tatas-developing-‘blackberry’-army-812
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  2. Gessler


    Mar 16, 2012
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    Rugged, reliable phones with interception and jamming-resistant comm capabilities is what is really needed. Sure add in encrypted messaging capability, satellite link, encrypted audio & video transfer capability etc. But I'm not sure what "fancy features" they are talking about other than these?

    Let's make sure the grunts or commanders don't sit around taking selfies to post on FB :tongue:
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    Oct 15, 2011
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    looks really cool, great development.

    however this is being done by government contract. I would like to see more Indian electronics brands with novel designs, features, and indigenous manufacturing competing on international markets with samsung, LG, sony, and the like.
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  4. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

    May 1, 2012
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    Good. We need the finest encryption possible and that too Transmitted from our satellites...
  5. Himanshu Pandey

    Himanshu Pandey Don't get mad, get even. STAR MEMBER

    Jul 21, 2011
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    and this is a good news
  6. CountryFirst2

    CountryFirst2 Lieutenant SENIOR MEMBER

    May 8, 2013
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    Trust me, TATA is a trojen horse. Also, equally important as having a secure phone is having Indian manufactured telcom equipment. But we're importing Huwaii and ZTE both run by Chinese ex-PLA generals.
  7. Vyom

    Vyom Captain IDF NewBie

    Aug 9, 2013
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    You and your conspiracy theories... seriously kid ... grow up.!! before any significant brain-damage takes place. sunny_10 is a prime example.
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