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Role IAB Leader
Institution Thales Communications SpA
Address Via E. Mattei, 20
66023 Chieti Scalo
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Biographical sketch

Mauro Montanari graduated in Electronic Engineering at Bologna University in 1974. He joined in 1976 Telettra, a national telecommunication company, working since the beginning in Defence R&D activities. His first experience was in the field of advanced automatic antenna matching unit in HF band. Afterwards he mastered, staying  for several time periods in TRW – Redondo Beach/California, the technical issue of protecting radio communications through Spread Spectrum communications systems, in view of an important application to a new generation of tactical radio systems in VHF frequency band. On this topic he is co-author, with Prof. S. Pupolin of Padua University, of the book “Spread Spectrum Communications Systems” Collana Scientifica Telettra).

From 1991 to 1998 he was responsible of the R&D Department within the Defence Division of Alcatel Italia (formerly Telettra) and in this position he managed several R&D projects:


  • Triservice Digital Network for the Italian MOD, in cooperation with Selenia Communications;
  • SCRA (Single Channel Radio Access) and network management system for the Italian Army tactical network (SOTRIN) as a partner of Catrin Consortium;
  • A new generation of radio equipment in HF band for fixed applications;
  • High speed HF modem, according to several NATO waveforms;
  • HF fixed network for Italia Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
  • Wide band Interception and jamming systems in HF band.

Since 1999, he is responsible, within Thales Italia SpA – Land and Joint Systems Division,  of Advanced Studies area with the task of promoting in the company new emerging technologies, specifically  in the field of Wireless LAN, Tactical Internet, sensor networks, Ultra Wide Band for military applications and plasma antennas.

This role includes establishing relations with most Thales R&D centres located in Europe  and promoting new cooperative activities in new advanced technological areas. He also manages scientific relation with several Italian Universities.