Rohde & Schwarz comms systems for Royal Navy combat ships

Friday, 07 August, 2015

Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has received an order from BAE Systems in the UK to equip the Royal Navy’s Type 26 Global Combat Ship (T26 GCS) with an integrated communications system.

The system will cover both internal and external communications. Built around the innovative R&S NAVICS IP-based switching system, it interconnects the distributed onboard voice terminals as well as all other subsystems for internal and external communications via a uniform IP network.

The system will use ruggedised, conventional IT technology with accreditable security provided by Rohde & Schwarz, leading to a reduction in the number of voice terminals. As well, state-of-the-art ATEX smartphones will be employed within security-critical environments.

A common infrastructure will be set up for all services on board, named “shared network infrastructure” and “shared computing environment”. The open architecture will facilitate connection of future technologies.

External communications will be handled by the Rohde & Schwarz VHF/UHF and HF transceivers from the R&S M3SR family of radios (Series4400 and Series4100). The equipment will provide both TRANSEC and advanced high-speed data transmission. RF filters and hopping EPM filters will ensure interference-free communications. The RF filter technology will be combined with Rohde & Schwarz antenna and mast designs.

The contract is the latest in a series of successes for Rohde & Schwarz in providing naval equipment in the United Kingdom. These include communications solutions for the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers, offshore patrol vessels and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s Bay-class vessels.

International references include the equipping of the Royal Australian Navy Hobart-class air warfare destroyers, the Royal Dutch Navy LCF frigates and landing platform docking ships (LPDs), as well as the F100-class frigates and LPD for the Spanish Navy.

The Type 26 Global Combat Ship is also a potential competitor for Australia’s next generation of frigates.

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