Saab to equip new Norwegian Coast Guard vessels with communication systems

Swedish defense contractor announced it has been contracted to deliver its TactiCall communication system for the three new Norwegian Coast Guard vessels.

The company said it entered an agreement with Vard Group AS, the main contractor on the Norwegian Coast Guard project P6615, to take on the communication integrator role.

“The third generation of TactiCall is able to meet the customer’s tough requirements. It combines and matches both human and tactical conditions and is easy to operate,” says Ellen Molin, senior vice president and head of Saab’s business area support and services.

TactiCall is based on voice over IP technology and interconnects all communication technologies regardless of radio band, frequency and hardware. The delivery of systems will start in 2021, the company said.

The three new vessels will be built by Vard Langsten under a NOK 5 billion (USD 617m) contract from June 2018.

Deliveries of the three vessels are scheduled in the first quarters of 2022, 2023, and 2024, respectively. The hulls will be built at Vard Tulcea in Romania.

Replacing the aging Nordkapp-class coast guard vessels, the new ships are developed for worldwide operations in all weather and sea conditions, both inshore and offshore. The ships are designed to withstand operations in demanding arctic areas and will have an ice-strengthened hull and ice-class notation. They will measure 136 meters and carry out search-and-rescue operations, surveillance, and oil recovery.

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