Norway Taps Rohde & Schwarz for ‘Beyond Line of Sight’ Transmitters

German tech provider Rohde & Schwarz has been awarded a contract to supply high-frequency (HF) liquid-cooled transmitters for the Royal Norwegian Navy.

The HF transmitters maintain ship-to-shore connectivity “between any two points on the planet,” retaining a beyond line of sight (BLOS) network communication for warfighters.

‘Future-Proof Investment’

Under the contract, the firm will provide its R&S SK4110 HF high-power transmitters.

Each system will be installed on 20 Royal Norwegian Navy installations across the country.

“The revolutionary R&S SK4110 HF high-power transmitter with 10 kW output power and HF wideband capability from Rohde & Schwarz meets advanced long-range BLOS communications requirements with very high data rates and maximum reliability,” Rohde & Schwarz Norway CEO Ove Ladegård explained.

“An innovative cooling concept minimizes operating costs and makes the transmitter a future-proof investment.”

“The contract for a new HF structure will ensure a modern, future-oriented and reliable radio communications network that can be integrated into the rest of the communications infrastructure.”

Norway’s Mime Program

The agreement supports Norway’s Mime program, an effort to modernize the country’s military assets.

Rohde & Schwarz previously delivered its HF radio receivers to support the initiative.

The technology serves as the Royal Norwegian Navy’s BLOS equipment for command and control.

The HF radio network is currently operated by the Norwegian Cyber Defense Force.

“The Norwegian Armed Forces communications infrastructure is currently being renewed as part of the Mime program. This contract gives us quick access to modern radios to be deployed as early as 2023,” Mime Program Director Cathrine Devold stated.

“The acquisition ensures a uniform and future-oriented radio structure, for modern services and robust, long-range coverage for naval vessels and other units in the entire area of interest,” Norwegian Cyber Defense Force Senior Engineer Jørgen Inge Olsen added.

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