Under the contract, Thales will develop, fit and support a V/UHF radio solution which includes the acquisition of around 300 Rohde & Schwarz radios.
DE&S Director Ships Support Russell Brown said:
“Delivering these radios will ensure that UK sailors at sea will stay connected with the world around them, performing an essential role in defence of our national security and interests.
“DE&S has contracted with Thales to design, integrate and support cutting-edge V/UHF radio technology to the fleet, providing essential capability on which the Royal Navy and RFA depends, at best value to the taxpayer.”
The first radio will enter service on a Type 23 Frigate in 2020, with all radios due to be delivered and installed by the end of 2023.
Gareth Williams, Vice President of Thales UK’s security and naval communications business, said:
“World-class communication systems have to be at the heart of every ship which could be deployed on operations. This latest contract builds upon our long relationship of providing the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary with their critical communications capability, from the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers down to the smallest minehunters.”