News release

Date: 24th August 2011

Rohde & Schwarz Awarded Contract for VHF and UHF Emergency Radio System for Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers.

Contract with Aircraft Carrier Alliance ( ACA ) to supply state of the art software and recording equipment to aircraft carriers.

August 24th 2011 - Rohde & Schwarz UK Ltd are pleased to announce the contract award from the Aircraft Carrier Alliance ( ACA ) for the production phase of the VHF and UHF Emergency Radio System for both Queen Elizabeth Class (QEC) aircraft carriers.

The award comes after a successfully completed design phase, Rohde & Schwarz UK will now build two equipment racks for each vessel housing the state of the art V/UHF software defined radios from Rohde & Schwarz and recording equipment, incorporating the latest software and remote control.

The heart of the system is based on the R&S®M3SR Series 4400 VHF/UHF radio family and is designed for stationary air defence, civil and military air traffic control and shipborne applications. It belongs to a generation of stationary VHF/UHF radios that feature innovative designs, high modularity and in particular outstanding specifications.

For civil applications, the R&S®M3SR Series4400 systems were developed in line with international civil air traffic control guidelines (EN 300676) while integrating the requirements for the UHF Band I in line with EN 302617.

The R&S®M3SR Series4400 offers military customers a wide range of interfaces and associated proprietary frequency hopping waveforms, as well as radio communications schemes that conform to NATO standards. Military data transmission methods such as LINK 11 and LINK 22 are also supported.

To ensure that existing R&S®M3SR Series4400 systems remain up-to-date, their functionality can be enhanced through subsequent software downloads and, if necessary, by using new hardware modules.

With this range of functions, the R&S®M3SR Series 4400 radio family serves as a seamless communications bridge between the various military forces and civil units.

The contract was signed by Joe Kidd, Combat Systems Director, Thales and Frank Mackel, Managing Director of Rohde & Schwarz UK Ltd, celebrated by a contract signing ceremony on 26th May 2011 at the Rohde & Schwarz UK facilities at Fleet where the radio and recorder equipment will be installed into the racks for testing and acceptance.

Press contacts:
Rohde & Schwarz UK:
Steve Edwards,
Phone: +44 1252 818888

Europe (headquarters):
Monika Roth,
Phone: +49 89 4129 12232
E-mail: press[at]rohde-schwarz[dot]com

Contacts for readers:
Customer Support Europe, Africa, Middle East: Phone: +49 89 4129 12345
E-mail: customersupport[at]rohde-schwarz[dot]com

Customer Support North America:
Phone: +1 888 837 8772,

Customer Support Latin America:
Phone: +1 410 910 7988,

Customer Support Asia:
Phone: +65 65130 488,

Rohde & Schwarz
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, radiomonitoring and radiolocation, as well as secure communications. Established more than 75 years ago, Rohde & Schwarz has a global presence and a dedicated service network in over 70 countries. It has approx. 7400 employees and achieved a net revenue of € 1.3 billion in fiscal year 2009/2010 (July 2009 to June 2010). Company headquarters are in Munich, Germany.

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