Military Embedded Systems

Ultra High Frequency SATCOM equipment to be delivered to Royal Navy


November 05, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

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UNITED KINGDOM. Viasat UK Ltd., a subsidiary of global communications company, Viasat Inc., announced it has won a contract to provide Ultra High Frequency (UHF) satellite communications (SATCOM) for the new Type 31 frigates, to be delivered by Babcock Team 31, for the Royal Navy.

According to officials, UHF SATCOM is a mission-critical capability that will aim to provide the Type 31 frigates with secure integrated voice and data services for communications between Royal Navy maritime vessels and headquarters.

It is intended to allow commanders to remain informed and aware of the fleet disposition. It will also acts as a component to enable maritime task group operations, aiming to provide secure beyond line of sight (BLOS) communications between ships and mobile units.

Royal Navy officials claim the Type 31 frigate program is designed to deliver to the Royal Navy five frigates that, alongside the BAE Systems-built Type 26 frigate, will replace the U.K.'s current Type 23 frigates. The Viasat UHF SATCOM solution is intended to provide BLOS communications for the Royal Navy's Type 31 vessels, when introduced into service.

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