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Delivery of first Enhanced Cape Class Patrol Boat (ECCPB) to the Royal Australian
Navy by Austal marks important achievement for communication systems integrator
Rohde & Schwarz Australia.
Delivery of first ECCPB with NAVICS to RAN marks important achievement.
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Sydney, March 23, 2022 – With the formal handover today of the vessel ADV Cape
Otway to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), Managing Director Rohde & Schwarz
Australia Gareth Evans congratulated both Austal and the Rohde & Schwarz team
for exceptional performance in delivery of the company's Naval Integrated Communications
"It's a great day for Austal and Navy, but also for Rohde & Schwarz Australia,
which as Communication Systems Integrator (CSI) has achieved a number of record
milestones that have significantly contributed to this day becoming a reality,"
Mr. Evans said. "Within just five months of contract execution we completed the
design of our customized NAVICS internal and external communications solution for
the Cape class."
In an extraordinary feat, both Factory and Harbor Acceptance Testing were successfully
completed within 11 months and 17 months respectively of contract award. This is
an outstanding achievement by any measure and most certainly in the Australian context,
"and I'm extremely proud of the effort of the Rohde & Schwarz Australia team
and their counterparts at Austal," Mr. Evans continued. "In addition, the system
they've integrated into Cape Otway is the first Multi-Level Security (MLS) NAVICS
system to have completed this level of operational preparedness anywhere in the
Rohde & Schwarz Australia Head of Maritime Domain Kieran McLaughlin said
the company leveraged experience gained from integration of NAVICS into the Type
26 frigate now being delivered into service with the United Kingdom's Royal Navy.
"Rohde & Schwarz have now provided more than 40 navies with our scalable,
modular and customisable solutions," Mr. McLaughlin said. "NAVICS MLS will revolutionise
on-board communications for the RAN, implementing the most modern IP-based MLS architecture
for naval vessels."
Ben Wardle, General Manager Australian Shipbuilding at Austal said Rohde &
Schwarz Australia had proven itself to be capable of not just meeting but exceeding
the technical scope of the project. "Austal undertook an extensive scoping activity
to identify a capable partner in Australia to develop the latest generation communications
systems for the Evolved Cape Class project. Rohde & Schwarz Australia were successful
in winning this package of work, and we are now very pleased with the results as
proven on the first of class vessel. To make this project a success, Rohde &
Schwarz Australia successfully transferred technology from its international counterparts
to establish an Australian capability."
Note: NAVICS MLS uses state-of-the-art VoIP and Ethernet standards. Following
market tendencies, Rohde & Schwarz has decided to abandon outdated TDM technology,
which required heavy proprietary hardware. Instead, NAVICS MLS relies on widely
spread industry standards and commercial-of-the-shelf hardware, thus eliminating
the risk of expensive obsolete equipment. A multilevel security architecture allows
secure, trusted and tamper-proof communications between multiple domains with different
Austal Ltd is building a total of six ECCPBs for the RAN.
About Rohde & Schwarz
The Rohde & Schwarz technology group is among the trailblazers when it comes
to paving the way for a safer and connected world with its leading solutions in
test & measurement, technology systems, and networks & cybersecurity. Founded
more than 85 years ago, the group is a reliable partner for industry and government
customers around the globe. On June 30, 2021, Rohde & Schwarz had around 13,000
employees worldwide. The independent group achieved a net revenue of EUR 2.28 billion
in the 2020/2021 fiscal year (July to June). The company is headquartered in Munich,
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Posted March 23, 2022