Radio transmitter from Ptarmigan communications system, 1985-2010

Made:
1985-2010
maker:
Plessey Co. Limited

Radio transmitter from Ptarmigan communications system used by the British Army, made by Plessey Limited, England, 1985-2010

Radio transmitter and receiver unit from Ptarmigan communications system used by the British Army, made by Plessey Limited, England, 1985-2010.

The British Army pioneered a mobile communications system called Ptarmigan, developed with the Plessey Company from 1973. Ptarmigan was a digital mobile telephone system that was fully movable so that transmitters and their ‘cells’ could be added or taken away to expand, shrink and move the network. All users were automatically registered on the system and switched between transmitters as they moved around the battlefield. Later developments enabled Ptarmigan to be used with satellite technology as well as fixed telephone networks.

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Details

Category:
Telecommunications
Object Number:
L2014-4179/1
Materials:
metal (unknown), paint, plastic (unidentified)
type:
transceiver
taxonomy:
  • component - object
credit:
Lent by the Royal Signals Museum, Blandford, Dorset

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