German firm Rohde & Schwarz (Hall 6, Stand K353) has been awarded a contract by Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) to equip six vessels for the Royal Malaysian Navy with its full turnkey integrated communications system (ICS).
The IP-based communications system is for the navy’s second generation patrol vessel – littoral combat ships (SGPV-LCS), which BNS is building in its shipyard in Malaysia based on the Gowind class design. The project is being implemented with local Malaysian integration capability and lifetime support will be handled by local Rohde & Schwarz experts. The contract is part of a series of international successes for Rohde & Schwarz that include projects in the UK, Australia, Netherlands and Spain.
The core component for the ICS for naval applications is the company’s NAVICS IP-based switching system, which offers pioneering technology as well as user friendliness. Operation of the technically complex system is eased through the use of an intuitive graphical user interface.
The user interface for the voice terminals with touchscreen is based on smartphones and provides good readability. The soft-key type is designed for use under the rough environmental conditions that can prevail on deck or in the machine room.
NAVICS connects onboard voice terminals and all other internal and external communications subsystems via a standardised and redundant IP network.
For external communications, Rohde & Schwarz supplies its latest-generation software-defined VHF/UHF and HF transceivers from the M3SR family of radios (Series 4400 and 4100).