R&S to supply comms for Cape-class patrol boats

R&S to supply comms for Cape-class patrol boats

Rohde & Schwarz (Australia) has signed a contract with Austal to deliver integrated communications systems for six Cape-class patrol boats (CCPB) contracted by the Department of Defence for use by the Royal Australian Navy.

The equipment will include Rohde & Schwarz’s Naval Integrated Communications System (NAVICS) with multilayer security and secure V/UHF and HF.

“One of the exciting aspects of this system is its true VoIP switching, it’s not a hybrid TDM solution. This makes it both futureproof and scalable. NAVICS also reduces the integration effort and risk associated with incorporating third-party components using its versatile IP gateways,” said Gareth Evans, Managing Director of Rohde & Schwarz (Australia).

“Rohde & Schwarz (Australia) established a very competent integration capability for Australian industry in Sydney to complement our existing maintenance and world-class calibration facilities. This opportunity ensures Australian jobs are created and supply chain opportunities continue for Australia’s shipbuilding industry,” he added.

“For the new Cape-class patrol boat contract with the Department of Defence, Austal conducted extensive market testing for a new, proven partner that would be able to meet or exceed the technical scope of the project, whilst maintaining Australian industry engagement,” said Ben Wardle, General Manager Australian Shipbuilding at Austal.

The CCPBs are currently in production at Austal’s Henderson shipyard in Western Australia and are to be delivered from September 2021.

According to Rohde & Schwarz, NAVICS is being deployed on numerous naval vessels, including the UK Royal Navy’s Type 26 frigates.

Image courtesy Austal

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