DRS Technologies Canada has been awarded a subcontract by Selex to provide communications systems in support of the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Anzac-class vessels.
Under the contract, DRS will provide all internal tactical and secure voice switching systems and terminals, including the SHINCOM 3100 central switching unit, wideband audio network data switching system, console dual screen terminals, outdoor terminals, jackboxes and ancillaries for installation on to the Anzac-class vessels.
DRS TCL will supply a total of eight ship-sets and two shore systems as part of the subcontract.
The SHINCOM 3100 is the next-generation of shipboard communications switch technology designed to provide navy operators with reliable, red/black secure tactical communications.
DRS Technologies Canada vice-president and general manager Steve Zuber said the SHINCOM 3100 system leverages the existing installed base with the Royal Canadian Navy and the US Navy.
"This programme will allow these navies to share key interoperability, technology and applications, ensuring that SHINCOM 3100 remains the premier internal communications system for years to come," Zuber said.
The 118m-long Anzac-class frigates have a displacement capacity of 3,600t, a speed of 27k, with a maximum range of 11,000km and can accommodate a crew of 163.
Powered by combined diesel or gas (CODOG) turbine system, the Anzac vessels are armed with one eight-cell Mk41 vertical launching system for Nato Sea Sparrow surface-to-air missiles.
Additional features of the vessels include Thales Defence Sceptre A radar warner, Raytheon SPS-49(V)8 ANZ radar, operating at C/D band, and Sabb Microwave Systems (formerly Ericsson) Sea Giraffe G/H-band radar.
Image: The Australian Navy’s Anzac-class frigate, HMAS Warramunga (FFH 152), at sea Photo: courtesy of US Navy, by mass communication specialist 1st class Jason Swink.