As industry reflects on what should have been the first day of the 21st FIDAE exhibition in Chile, Rohde & Schwarz is focusing its attention on digital communications sovereignty for Latin America.
Navies can strengthen their digital sovereignty and become truly technologically independent of manufacturers and industrial partners by establishing their own national secure communications. Technology from Rohde & Schwarz – which has long been a systems partner and integrator for planning, developing, manufacturing and commissioning of secure communications architectures and networks – enables comprehensive information-sharing and redundant networks for improved situational awareness and information superiority.
NAVICS, an operationally proven, secure and fully IP-based communications system for voice and data applications, ensures reliable and secure information exchange, bringing the advantages of modern IT technology to naval vessels. It connects the onboard services – voice, message handling and C4I applications – with other subsystems via a single scalable Ethernet network. This saves installation and maintenance costs. Existing non-IP devices can be easily connected to the system, making NAVICS ideal for retrofits and securing past investments.
External communications are handled by Rohde & Schwarz HF and VHF/UHF software-defined radios of the SOVERON family (M3SR Series4100/4400). The company's radio equipment provides secure LOS and BLOS communications through optional COMSEC and TRANSEC features, as well as advanced high data-rate transmissions. Selected RF filter concepts ensure interference-free communications
Last year, Rohde & Schwarz launched the innovative NAVICS WCS, a wireless communications system for uninterrupted, high-quality voice communications while on the move. The system's smartphone-like handheld device connects to the secure IP network, allowing sailors to enjoy the same internal communications functionalities of stationary voice terminals without being bound to a physical location.
“We have demonstrated time and again our ability to provide local support and act globally […] Our communications solutions enable naval forces worldwide to conduct operations more efficiently and effectively," explains Hansjörg Herrbold, Vice President Market Segment Navy at Rohde & Schwarz.