Tactical LAN Radio

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The Indian Army recenty said it has sealed a deal with a Bengaluru-based company to procure the indigenously-developed "tactical LAN radio".

Why in News?

  • It is the second contract that the Army has firmed up under the framework of Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX).

About Tactical LAN Radio:

  • It is a state-of-the-art high-bandwidth backhaul wireless radio equipment for the provisioning of reliable and failsafe communication.
  • The LAN radio solution offers an enhanced range of communication and embedded frequency hopping mechanism to preclude chances of interception.
  • It provides long-range point-to-multipoint high-bandwidth communication.
  • The system also incorporates enhanced safety features and can operate continuously for 48 hours on a single-set basis, without any breakdown.

What is What is iDEX (Innovations for Defence Excellence)?

  • It is the flagship initiative of the Ministry of Defence (MoD), launched in April 2018.
  • Aim: To achieve self-reliance and foster innovation and technology development in Defence and Aerospace by engaging Industries including MSMEs, start-ups, individual innovators, R&D institutes and academia.
  • iDEX has partnered with leading incubators in the country to provide handholding, technical support and guidance to the winners of iDEX challenges.
  • iDEX will be funded and managed by a ‘Defence Innovation Organization (DIO)’ which has been formed as a ‘not for profit company as per Section 8 of the Companies Act 2013 by the two founder members, i.e. Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSUs) - HAL & BEL.
  • iDEX will function as the executive arm of DIO, carrying out all the required activities, while DIO will provide high-level policy guidance to iDEX. 
  • Under iDEX, financial support is provided to Start-ups/MSMEs/individual innovators and Partner Incubators through DIO.


Q1) What is LAN?

A local area network (LAN) is a collection of devices connected together in one physical location, such as a building, office, or home. A LAN can be small or large, ranging from a home network with one user to an enterprise network with thousands of users and devices in an office or school.

Source: Army signs pact for procurement of 'tactical LAN radio'