Communications group Rohde & Schwarz (R&S, Stand S2-268) has been contracted by BAE Systems to supply the integrated communications system (ICS) for the Royal Navy’s next-generation Type 26 Global Combat Ship.
Covering both internal and external communications for the Type 26, the new ICS interconnects onboard voice terminals, as well as all other subsystems, for internal and external communications via a uniform IP network. The core component is the R&S NAVICS, a new IP-based switching system said to have a unique security concept.
An innovative feature of the ICS is the extensive use of ruggedised, off-the-shelf IT technology, with accredited security provided by R&S. As a result, the number of voice terminals is reduced and state-of- the-art ATEX smartphones employed within security-critical environments.
External communications for the Type 26 ICS will be handled by VHF/UHF and HF transceivers from the R&S M3SR family (Series 4400 and Series 4100). The radio equipment will provide secure and advanced high-speed data transmission.