DSEI 2019

Comms for unmanned carrier aviation system [DSEI19D1]

10 September 2019

Columbia, Maryland-based Frequentis (Stand S9-222) has been awarded a contract by the US Navy to provide the IP-based voice communications system for the Unmanned Carrier Aviation Mission Control System (UMCS) MD-5 control station, in support of the MQ-25 programme.

The MQ-25A Stingray will be the first operational, carrier-based unmanned aircraft and will provide an aerial refuelling capability to the carrier air wing, extending global reach and operational capabilities.

UMCS is the system-of-systems required to control the MQ-25A air vehicle. The UMCS programme manages all infrastructure modifications required on shore and aboard carriers and integration with existing network, command and control communications systems. Frequentis will provide engineering and logistics for the design, development, test, manufacture and sustainment of the integrated communications system.

‘‘The Frequentis ICS-C2 solution provides seamless integration into an IP infrastructure and meets both security and safety requirements for mission-critical tactical and operational command and control,’’ said John Wherry, Frequentis vice president, Defense Solutions.

Frequentis human factors experts will ensure the system is designed with operators in mind, evaluating ease of use, as well enhancing safety and efficiency. Work will take place in Columbia and is expected to be completed in March 2021.

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