Saab to provide communication systems for Norwegian Navy vessels
Defence and security company Saab has signed a contract with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA), to provide a complete communication system onboard three different ship classes for the Royal Norwegian Navy.
The NDMA has selected TactiCall integrated communication system (ICS) to replace the existing communication system for both internal and external use on-board, including multi-level secure communication – unclassified, restricted NATO secret and national secret communication channels.
TactiCall will be integrated on the following ship classes: mine countermeasure vessels (MCM), the Skjold-class corvettes and the coast guard vessel (CGV) Svalbard. Deliveries will be from 2021 to 2024 across seven of these Norwegian ships, according to the company.
“We have a long-term partnership with the Royal Norwegian Navy and we are looking forward to replacing existing communication system with our innovative TactiCall system on these additional three classes of ship. TactiCall offers flexibility without compromising security demands which are very important in the naval domain,” said Mats Wicksell, Head of Saab’s business unit Combat Systems.
Specifically, the ICS enables access to a variety of communication channels on different classification levels, increasing operators’ efficiency in managing operational duties. Furthermore, it facilitates the chain of command by giving naval teams access to a variety of communication channels of different security levels from the same user terminal. With TactiCall users can listen to a mix of both secure and unclassified communication and simultaneously be able to talk in both, the firm revealed.
A few days ago, Saab secured another contract from the Swedish Defence Material Organisation (FMV) for the next phase of the life extension program of Torpedo 62.