Rohde & Schwarz has received an order from BAE Systems to equip the Type 26 Global Combat Ship (T26 GCS) with an integrated communications system for the British Royal Navy. The solution was selected based on its proven technology, usability and cost effectiveness. The core component is the R&S NAVICS, a new IP-based switching system with a unique security concept.

Bosco Novak, Executive Vice President of the Radiocommunications Systems Division, reported: “We are proud to be part of this project aimed at bringing further enhancements to this leading-edge platform. We bring with us our many years of experience in the naval sector and offer technological innovations for future-ready, secure and efficient communications equipment.”

With this system, BAE Systems and Rohde & Schwarz will bring the advantages of IT technology to naval communications for the first time, while also helping with the issue of obsolescence. A common infrastructure will be set up for all services on board, named ‘shared network infrastructure’ and ‘shared computing environment’. The open architecture will facilitate connection of future technologies.

The contract to equip the most advanced T26 GCS is the latest in a series of successes for Rohde & Schwarz in providing naval equipment in the United Kingdom. These include communications solutions for the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft carriers, Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPV) and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s Bay Class Vessels. International references include the equipping of the Australian Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers, the Royal Dutch Navy LCF Frigates and Landing Platform Docking ships (LPDs) as well as the F100 Class Frigates and LPD for the Spanish Navy.