Rohde & Schwarz has been selected by Babcock Australasia to provide HF radios and high-power amplifiers with HF wideband capability for the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF), the company announced on 15 June.

The Munich-based manufacturer will supply its M3SR Series4100 HF radios, 5 and 10kW amplifiers and spares to support the Fixed High Frequency Radio Refresh (FHFRR) project recently awarded to Babcock by the New Zealand MoD. Under the programme, Babcock Australasia will be replacing the NZDF’s fixed HF radio capability, which is expected to be fully operational by August 2023. The company is additionally tendering for the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) Enhanced Defence High Frequency Communications System (EDHFCS) programme, again partnering with Rohde & Schwarz.

We are pleased to collaborate with Rohde & Schwarz and leverage their organisational and technological capabilities to help meet our customer’s very unique requirements,” stated David Ruff, CEO of Babcock Australasia. “We look forward to bringing this critical communications solution to New Zealand and beyond.”

Hansjörg Herrbold, Vice President Market Segment Navy Rohde & Schwarz, added “Since HF wideband technology drives the need for high power systems, the company is now offering 5 kW and 10 kW amplifiers backed by decades of experience in the transmitter business. We will fully support Babcock Australasia in implementing and operating this modern communications solution.”

R&S M3SR Series4100 HF radios belong to the SOVERON radio family. They are innovative, versatile software defined radios (SDR) that include HF wideband functionality. This powerful radio platform can be extended at any time and is a safe, future-ready investment. Rohde & Schwarz amplifier systems are precisely engineered, are manufactured in an award-winning factory and feature field-proven reliability that is unique.

Currently, Rohde & Schwarz is investing considerably in HF wideband technology, supporting its worldwide customers in the transition to next generation beyond line of sight (BLOS) communications systems.

Rohde & Schwarz has been operating successfully in the Australian and New Zealand region for nearly 40 years. The Australian subsidiary has a comprehensive integration and through-life support capability in Sydney that currently services defense communications contracts and air-traffic control communications contracts in both New Zealand and Australia.

Babcock Australasia and Rohde & Schwarz are strategically teaming up to replace the NZDF’s fixed HF radio capability and are also eyeing the ADF's EDHFCS program. (Image: Rohde & Schwarz)

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