With automation, the new system will be able to sense and probe the spectrum, and adapt to successfully send the message.
"If the conditions are getting degraded, the system by itself will go to a more robust waveform," Bertin said.
An additional future procurement will bring a wideband high-frequency capability to the system, which will further increase the throughput.
As NATO's technical leader, the Agency is uniquely equipped to begin to address this maritime communications problem, Bertin said.
The Agency can keep an eye on emerging technology in the communications arena, and offer unbiased perspective on its maturity.
"We are ensuring that the systems are at sufficient maturity, are interoperable and are reliable," Bertin said. "And the advantage for the Nations is to end up with an interoperable system, and a system that will be usable in the NATO environment."
The BRIPES project, a common-funded effort, will impact every NATO Nation, Bertin said. Even Nations who choose not to use IP-services will need to ensure their system is compatible.
This effort is not about replacing satellite communications. The goal is to use narrowband, then wideband high-frequency communications as a reliable backup.
Not only can such a system provide increased throughput for the Arctic, but it is also more difficult to jam, making it an excellent complement to satellite communications around the globe.
"You could try to jam satellite communications by sending a jammer in the direction of the satellite, making the satellite unable to transmit," Bertin said. "In high frequency you have really a network of different shore stations, with of course different locations. Jamming a single station is already challenging, but when it comes to a meshed system it is very, very complex."
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