Hunter-class frigates will include NAVICS integrated communications system

Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) Australia will design and manufacture an Integrated Communications System (ICS) for the nine new Hunter-class frigates, after the German company received a subcontract from prime contractor BAE Systems Australia.

The deal (of an undisclosed value) includes adding “scopes of work over time,” R&S noted in a May 3 statement.

Domain Kieran McLaughlin, maritime sector manager at R&S Australia, said the company will leverage experience gained through the integration of its Naval Integrated Communications System (NAVICS) into the Type 26 Frigate for the UK RN, as well as the Evolved Cape-class Patrol Boats for the RAN.

Under the first engineering contract, R&S Australia will provide in-country program management, systems engineering, integration, installation and verification services for the acquisition and commissioning of the ICS.

Noting the Australian government’s efforts to encourage the development of defense industrial capabilities, R&S Australia Managing Director Gareth Evans said: “On HunterRohde & Schwarz Australia will seek to maximize opportunities for competitive Australian industry to assist in the manufacture, integration, testing and commissioning of ICS.

He added: “We have also obtained from STS Defense Ltd in the UK the technology transfer and license to manufacture the configurable communications masts, or pole masts, for the Hunter classroom.’

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