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Rohde & Schwarz Upgrades RAAF Air-Ground-Air Voice Links

Sustainment from Australian Subsidiary

Rohde & Schwarz has contracted with BAE Systems to provide CERTIUM radios, CERTIUM VCS-4G voice communications system and CERTIUM management systems for 12 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) air traffic management and control (ATM/ATC) facilities, the company announced on 8 July.

The contract forms part of Project AIR 5431 Phase 3, which will see the current fixed military ATM systems at 12 locations replaced with a new harmonized system. The project feeds into the national OneSky Project, which aims to deliver safe and more efficient air traffic services; manage future air traffic growth; and support national security based on a seamless civil-military cooperation in ATC.

Managing Director of Rohde & Schwarz (Australia), Gareth Evans commented that “The support being provided by Rohde & Schwarz includes CERTIUM radios and ancillaries, CERTIUM VCS-4G as the backup voice communications system, and CERTIUM management systems for all of the 12 ATC facilities […] Rohde & Schwarz will deliver all required elements over the next 12 months. We have the capability in Australia to sustain CERTIUM systems from our integration laboratory, maintenance, and calibration facilities in Sydney.”

CERTIUM, an advanced ATC communications suite, was launched in March. The R&S Series4200 is a field-tested cornerstone of this portfolio, with more than 30,000 radios in service around the world. The software-defined architecture makes the suite ED-137C VoIP compliant and a reliable solution for years to come. Its successor, the new R&S Series5200 radio, will offer the same RF performance while defining new standards in safety, security and efficiency.

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