The Compact Airborne Networking Data Link (CANDL) provides the best communication performance on the market, in a very compact size.

Jouni Wirtavuori of Patria’s Systems Business Unit. CANDL is specially designed for applications which require reliable and secure communications, such as unmanned systems in which payload and control data need to be relayed. It provides its user with an 8 Mbit/s data rate, a secure command and control channel, and video and digital voice communications capability. CANDL, which is based on Software Defined Radio (SDR), is designed to meet the demands of an aircraft environment. However, being platform-independent, it is suitable for use by any governmental authority or civilian operator. CANDL offers long-range air-to-air and air-to-ground networking, as well as relaying for Beyond Line-Of-Sight (BLOS) capability. Due to its small size, reliable command and control channel and high data rate, CANDL meets the communication requirements of various unmanned systems. CANDL is a verified data link solution for MUM-T (Manned-Unmanned-Teaming) operations, which are based on joint operations between manned and unmanned systems. “MUM-T is a major application to which CANDL provides the next level of capabilities. Internationally MUM-T operations mainly remain at demonstration level at the moment, but entry into the operational use is imminent,” Wirtavuori explains. CANDL combines dynamic network management with a long range. This is a major advantage in so-called LVC (Live, Virtual, Constructive) training, which makes use of the real world, simulators and virtual opponents created by computers. “CANDL reflects the long and extensive history of Finnish expertise in wireless communication. It is a true masterpiece of combining expertise from several fields within telecommunications technology.


Size: 110 x 175 x 100mm Weight: < 2.5kg Typical power consumption: < 50W Optional integrated encryption module  

Patria, Jouni Wirtavuori