NAVICS-based Solution for Integrated Communications System
Rohde & Schwarz has been selected by the Águas Azuis consortium to supply critical systems for the Brazilian Navy’s TAMANDARÉ-class frigates, the independent Munich-based technology group announced on 28 June.
The company will be responsible for development, design, production, integration and acceptance of the external and internal communication suites, and will supply communication electronic support measures (C-ESM). Rohde & Schwarz will provide the external communications architecture, the modern, fully IP-based integrated communications system (NAVICS) for the frigates, and cutting-edge antenna systems.
“Rohde & Schwarz already has systems installed onboard [Brazilian] naval vessels (BAROSO-class) and with the air force. This means the current solution will extend joint interoperability in the Brazilian armed forces,” explained Hansjörg Herrbold, VP Market Segment Navy for Rohde & Schwarz. “An added value is that with Rohde & Schwarz Do Brazil, we have a strong local base for engineering support, integration, services and maintenance – a solid footprint that enables local industrial partners to provide naval communications and intelligence system support. We will deliver a safe, future-proof investment for the Brazilian Navy on time and on budget.”
The Águas Azuis consortium, comprising thyssenkrupp Marine Systems, Embraer Defense & Security and Atech, is building four frigates based on the MEKO A100 design as part of the TAMANDARÉ programme. All vessels are to be built in Brazil, with delivery scheduled for 2024-2029.
As a systems integrator and manufacturer of all core components, Rohde & Schwarz delivers turnkey, trusted solutions, resulting in higher reliability, performance and efficiency, which means better value for money. In addition to external communications, NAVICS provides onboard communications and ensures a multilevel security architecture that allows secure, trusted and tamper-proof communications. The company’s naval C-ESM passive sensor and antenna solutions will enable the frigates to exploit the electromagnetic spectrum and adversary communications, in order to counter conventional and asymmetric threats against their coastlines, borders and logistics channels.