Coast Guard Ships Receive New Automated Comm System

Rubric: Russia, Industry, Future

The Neptun R&D Institute will begin supplies of the Rokot automated communication system to Russian coast guard ships in the first half of 2017. Depending on operational experience, these systems may be used on the Russian Navy ships as well, the project designer Dmitry Zaitsev told Mil.Today.

"For the first time ever, the system integrates not only common radio facilities, but Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS), intercom, TV system and elements of onboard administration network", said the designer.

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The system includes HF, VHF and satellite communication facilities. According to Zaitsev, most of the components are made in Russia. Moreover, at the designing phase the Rokot system had passed all appropriate special inspections that proved its total informational security despite foreign-made components.

According to the expert, the system control is based on up-to-date network technologies. "The Rokot system employs digital channel-forming SDR software", explained the designer.

The system is scalable: it can be mounted both on small-size ships and aircraft carriers. The scheme is simple: with the increase of network switches in the control system, grows the number of terminals for connection of technical facilities, so capacity of the Rokot system builds up. Meanwhile, there are no need for additional hardware improvement, only software is adjusted.

The Rokot system provides communication between a surface ship and coastal facilities, other ships and boats and aircraft, GMDSS vessels and land assets of maritime mobile service, as well as provides internal shipborne communication and receipt of satellite/terrestrial television.

The system will be mounted on coastguard ships at littoral zones. According to the expert, the innovation has already interested Russian Navy’s officials as well.