Aviation authorities in Ireland and Iceland recently selected Rohde & Schwarz (News - Alert), an independent group of companies specializing in electronics, as the sole supplier for modernizing their communications equipment.
As part of the pact, the company will provide two fully IP-based voice communications control systems as well as HF radios.
The company will deliver two fully IP ED137 compliant R&S VCS-4G voice communications control systems (VCCS) as well as HF receivers from the R&S M3SR Series4100 radio family. The systems will be used to provide communications services, including HF, VHF and SATPHONE, in the Reykjavik and Shanwick oceanic control areas (OCA).
Both areas in the North Atlantic represent one of the world’s most demanding operational ATC scenarios in terms of safety and efficiency.
Shanwick OCA, with an area of approximately 3.8 million square kilometers, handles in excess of 400,000 aircraft on an annual basis. Reykjavik OCA is among the largest in the world, with approximately 5.4 million square kilometers, and handles some 100,000 airplanes per year.
The R&S VCS-4G systems will be set up as two independent systems. One will be located in ISAVIA’s COM center in Gufunes, Iceland, and one in IAA’s COM center in Ballygirreen, Ireland. The direct link between the two voice communications systems allows advanced scenarios such as resource sharing for air-ground and ground-ground sources and a virtual center setup.
In addition to the two operational VCCSs, Rohde & Schwarz will provide both IAA and ISAVIA with additional test and validation systems that offer versatile environments for testing, configuring and validating configurations for standalone and joint operation scenarios. The test and validation systems will be similar to the main VCCS in terms of architecture and operational capabilities.