Saab has signed a contract with the Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) to provide a complete communication system for the Royal Norwegian Navy.

Known as TactiCall Integrated Communication System (TactiCall ICS), the communication system will be installed on seven Royal Norwegian Navy vessels.

The ships belong to classes that include Mine Countermeasure Vessels (MCMs) and the Skjold-class corvettes, as well as the Coast Guard Vessel (CGV) Svalbard.

NDMA has selected TactiCall ICS to replace the existing communication system for both internal and external use on-board, including multi-level secure communication, restricted NATO secret as well as national secret communication channels.

TactiCall ICS deliveries to the Navy will start from this year and run through 2024.

Saab Combat Systems business unit Mats Wicksell said: “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.”

TactiCall ICS creates access to several communication channels on different classification levels.

It increases operators’ efficiency in performing and managing operational duties.

With the help of TactiCall ICS, users can listen to a mix of both secure and unclassified communication. Users can also talk in both secure and unclassified communication scenarios simultaneously.

In 2017, the Royal New Zealand Navy contracted Saab for the installation of the TactiCall ICS on-board its future fleet replenishment vessel ‘HMNZS Aotearoa’.