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Babcock Awards the German Company Rohde & Schwarz a Contract
to Implement HF Military Messaging in the
Munich, Dec 11, 2013 - The
R&S MMHS message handling system from Rohde & Schwarz will be an essential part of the UK Ministry of
Defense's naval communications network at their Forest Moor, Kinloss and overseas sites.
contract will be part of the UK MoD's defense high frequency communications service project (DHFCS). DHFCS is a
public-private partnership (PPP) that was awarded to Babcock in 2003 for a 15 year period. The purpose of the project
is to deliver strategic beyond-line-of-site high frequency (HF) and low frequency (LF) communications services to
the three branches of the armed forces.
The R&S MMHS message handling system from Rohde & Schwarz
is the company's latest state-of-the-art military message handling system to be implemented in a NATO broadcast
and ship-shore environment. The R&S MMHS is in line with STANAG 4406 Ed. 2 and covers broadband and radio communications
as defined in Annex E of STANAG 4406 both on land and via satellite.
The project currently uses the ACP127
messaging service. The R&S MMHS and its integrated ACP127 gateway facilitate the continued use of the existing
service. The benefit for Babcock is the ability to provide a future-ready IP-based communications service to the
UK MoD for both ship-shore and maritime rear link. The new system offers several advantages in terms of a reduction
in operational costs. The operator will now be able to exchange messages with attachments and benefit from automatic
transparent conversion between ACP127, STANAG 5066 e-mail and STANAG 4406 Annex E.
In order to provide system
redundancy and increase availability, the new Rohde & Schwarz message handling system will be installed
at two network control stations, namely Forest Moor and Kinloss. The three overseas locations are the Falkland Islands,
Ascension Island and Cyprus. The overseas sites will provide additional coverage and will be controlled via an IP-based
Rohde & Schwarz has worked closely with Babcock, demonstrating system capability and reliability
and providing a high degree of engineering support during an extended evaluation period. The resulting partnership
will allow Babcock to maintain high system availability as a UK MoD service provider.
Rohde & Schwarz is an independent group of companies specializing in electronics.
It is a leading supplier of solutions in the fields of test and measurement, broadcasting, radio monitoring and
radiolocation, as well as secure communications. Established almost 80 years ago, Rohde & Schwarz
has a global presence and a dedicated service network in over 70 countries. It has approx. 8700 employees and achieved
a net revenue of € 1.8 billion (US$ 2.3 billion) in fiscal year 2011/2012 (July 2011 to June
2012). Company headquarters are in Munich, Germany.
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Customer Support Europe, Africa, Middle East:
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Phone: +1 888 837 8772
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Phone: +1 410 910 7988
Customer Support Asia:
Phone: +65 65130 488
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Phone: +86-800-810-8228 or +86-400-650-5896
Posted December 11, 2013
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