Hampshire, UK: The UK’s Aircraft Carrier Alliance awarded Rohde & Schwarz UK a contract for the production phase of the VHF and UHF Emergency Radio System for both Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers. The company will build two equipment racks for each vessel housing the state-of-the-art V/UHF software-defined radios and recording equipment.
The system, based on R&S’s M3SR Series 4400 VHF/UHF radio family, is designed for stationary air defence, civil and military air-traffic control, and shipborne applications. For civil applications, the M3SR Series 4400 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 M3SR Series4400 features a wide range of interfaces and associated proprietary frequency-hopping waveforms for military applications, as well as radio communications schemes that conform to NATO standards. It also supports military data-transmission methods such as LINK 11 and LINK 22.