Germany's Bundeswehr is preparing to launch an urgent procurement programme to equip its Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) in 2023 with a new battle management system (BMS), industry sources told Jane's .
Designed to support deployments to hot spots that could include Eastern Europe on 1 January 2023, the army has been considering buying software-defined radio (SDR) and command-and-control (C2) solutions.
A request for information is due to be published in November 2018, following parliamentary discussions regarding future funding, the sources said. A request for proposals is due to follow in the first quarter of 2019.
"There is a little bit of time pressure there, but the budget is not yet available," one industry source explained, adding that final products must be "in place" at least one year before units are due to deploy in support of VJTF 2023.