Selex ES, a Finmeccanica company, has been selected by CELAB Communications AB, which was contracted by the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration, FMV, to supply further communication systems to meet the battlefield needs of the Swedish Home Guard.

Following a competitive tender, CELAB selected Selex ES to supply an extra 4,425 man-worn Enhanced Encrypted Personal Role Radio (EZPRR) systems, together with ancillaries and spares to meet FMV’s requirements. These are additional to the 8,700 Selex ES EZPRR man-worn systems and around 50 vehicle systems supplied by CELAB to FMV in a recent phased programme.

The EZPRR uses advanced 2.4 GHz spread spectrum technology innovatively packaged to meet the demanding needs of the soldier. The EZPRR system is easy to use through its simple human-machine interface, is unobtrusive and comfortable to wear yet is rugged enough to sustain the harshest environments presented by active front line operations.

The EZPRR communications system will be used for voice and data transmission between Group/Squad leaders, platoon commanders and platoon vehicles (tracked, wheeled and boats), as well as for internal group/squad communications.

The EZPRR significantly enhances combat effectiveness by providing all informed communications to front line soldiers. Users on active service have described the introduction of the original PRR as having a profound effect on the operational effectiveness of infantry. The EZPRR builds on that success, enhancing vital performance and, in turn, is now operationally proven.

The modularity of the EZPRR design leads to flexibility and its use in many scenarios. It includes a unique wireless Press-To-Talk (PTT) that enables the user to operate the radio without removing his hands from his weapon. It has an interchangeable switch pack that allows configuration to different roles (e.g., interface to a commander’s radio), and audio ancillaries that can be tailored to suit the needs of all users.