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Royal Malaysian Navy to be equipped by ICS

Posted: 21 Apr 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:integrated communications system? naval communications? IP technology?

The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and Rohde & Schwarz are working together to provide IP-based communications systems for its Second Generation patrol Vessel. The Bousted Naval Shipyard Sdn. Bhd. (BNS) is currently in the process of building the vessels based on the GOWIND class design in its shipyard in Malaysia. Lifetime support will be provided by Rohde & Schwarz experts while the project's implementation is supported with the local Malaysian integration capability.

"Adopting IP-based technologies is an important step for modern naval communications," says Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman, Chief of Navy, Royal Malaysian Navy, "because it meets both today's and tomorrow's diverse onboard requirements. It also keeps us in step with the latest digital computing and communications technology. We are proud to bring this state-of-the-art equipment onboard our latest vessels. With Rohde & Schwarz Malaysia as our contractual partner, we can look forward to a long-lasting cooperation and are confident of achieving the local industrialisation targets. This strategy will be instrumental in the lifetime support of this project with the Royal Malaysian Navy."

RMN, Rohde & Schwarz

Figure 1: The Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) has selected Rohde & Schwarz to provide state-of-the-art, IP-based communications systems for its Second Generation Patrol Vessel.

R&S NAVICS is the component for the next generation of highly integrated communications systems for naval applications. The solution offers technology as well as user friendliness Operation of the technically complex system is kept uncomplicated through the use of an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI). With regard to operating procedures and icons, the intuitive user interface for the voice terminals with touchscreen is based on modern smartphones. The display technology provides readability. The softkey type is designed for use under rough environmental conditions, such as those which can prevail on deck or in the machine room. The R&S NAVICS, a fully VoIP-based switching system, connects on-board voice terminals and all other internal and external communications subsystems via a standardised and redundant IP network.

For external communications Rohde & Schwarz supplies latest generation software defined VHF/UHF and HF transceivers from the R&S M3SR family of radios (R&S Series4400 and R&S Series4100). The system also integrates the internal communication subsystems like broadcast and alarms, ship's telephony, wireless headsets and other subsystems. The system also includes a Rohde & Schwarz onboard COMINT/C-ESM solution.

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