Navies are in constant need of innovative and upgraded software to ensure efficient network-centric operations with faster and more secure information exchange between ships and from ships to shore and aerial platforms.

The functionalities of advanced military-grade communications and messaging software can enhance the naval communication network capability by facilitating the real-time and highly secure exchange of data between modern naval command, control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.

Finding the best military messaging and naval communications software solutions for the naval industry

Naval Technology has listed some of the leading providers of military communications and messaging software solutions based on its intel, insights and decades-long experience in the sector.

The list includes providers of combat-proven naval command and control (C2) and military message handling software, as well as companies specialised in the development, integration upgrade, testing and maintenance of naval communication and messaging software as per standardised voice and data communications protocols and to support advanced military communication technologies such as software-defined radios (SDR).

The list also includes specialist software solution providers serving major naval defence companies.

The information contained within the download document is useful for naval warfare strategists, mission commanders, senior procurement executives, naval defence planners, system integrators, maintenance supervisors, naval defence platforms and equipment manufacturers, and any other individual involved in the acquisition, operation and maintenance of naval communication and messaging systems.

The download contains detailed information on specialist software companies and their product and service lines, alongside contact details to aid your purchasing or hiring decision.

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Types of military communication technology for naval applications

Naval forces use various long-range, medium-range, short-range and close-in weapons to counter submarine and surface threats in oceanic and coastal waters.

The messaging and communications software used by naval forces include, but are not limited to:

  • Open-source web content management platforms
  • High-grade military instant messaging and directory server software
  • Messaging client, core server and gateway software for naval applications
  • Radio resource management (RRM) software
  • Customised e-mail management software
  • Vessel traffic services (VTS) communication software
  • Coastal surveillance system (CSS) communication software
  • Information management software for surface vessels and submarines, and
  • Integrated encryption and wideband networking software

Advancements in naval communication network

Naval fleets typically rely on radio and satellite technologies for data transmissions. While efforts are underway to maximise the bandwidth of satellites and their electromagnetic radio waves, SDR systems with integrated encryption and wideband networking software are being increasingly adopted to create mobile ad hoc networks enabling multi-band, multi-mode and multi-functional wireless communication.

Software-defined networking (SDN) solutions not only ensure network flexibility and stability but can also help in reducing network latency and energy consumption.

Furthermore, the ongoing research and development in the field of the Internet of Things (IoT) for maritime applications could help in bringing a country’s naval platforms under a joint all-domain command and control (JADC2) unified network.

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