Communications specialist EID (Portuguese Pavilion, Stand 11-A10) has been contracted to provide the navies of Belgium, the Netherlands and Portugal with its sixth-generation Integrated Communications Control System (ICCS6). Under the M-class frigate user group memorandum of understanding, a contract with a maximum value of EUR15 million is being let by the Portuguese government for the supply of 10 ICCS6 systems on behalf of the three nations.
EID’s ICCS system is based on a distributed architecture, being composed of a number of switches, user terminals and work stations. ICCS6 features IP technology and has been designed to provide efficient management of ships’ communications.
According to EID, five systems will be installed on board Portuguese ships, these comprising two M-class frigates – NRP Bartolomeu Dias and NRP Dom Francisco de Almeida – and three MEKO 200PN Vasco da Gama-class frigates. A further three ICCS6 systems will be fitted to the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN) Mfrigates HNLMS Van Amstel and HNLMS Van Speijk, and the landing platform dock ship HNLMS Rotterdam.
The Belgian Navy’s two M-class frigates, BNS Leopold I and BNS Louise-Marie, will also be upgraded.