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Frequentis lands Royal Netherlands Air Force deal

written by Charbel Kadib | August 29, 2022

Dutch Air Force F-16AM Fighting Falcon (WikiCommons, Martijn Geerlings)

The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) has awarded a contract to Frequentis to replace its three end-of-life voice communication systems (VCS).

The company is expected to leverage its secure VCS, supporting up to 100 controller working positions.

“The Frequentis voice communication system has a clear focus on cost efficiency over the lifespan of a system, providing customers with a very low total cost of ownership,” Peter Skiczuk, Frequentis vice president, defence, said.

“The proposed solution is based on the Frequentis secure VCS, specifically designed for military applications, and is the product supporting the highest diversity of radio manufacturers and radio models on the market.

“We are looking forward to working closely with RNLAF to deliver a system that fully supports their requirements.”

The Frequentis offering is reportedly compliant with all criteria including NATO compliance.

Frequentis’ work follows its acquisition of Melbourne-based C4i in 2021, which is responsible for the VOICE C2 mission-critical Voice Communication Systems product range.

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C4i-secure VCS is leveraged by defence, governments, and industry in over 35 countries including for the US Air Force and Marine Corps, UK Ministry of Defence, Qatar Ministry of Defence and in the Air Defence segment of the Royal Australian Air Force.

The RNLAF contract also comes just a month after Frequentis was tapped to provide a Bypass Voice Communication System for use within the Civil Military Air Traffic Management System (CMATS).

According to the company, the CMATS is designed as a unified system under the OneSKY program, a partnership between Airservices Australia and the Australian Department of Defence and has been billed as the “most complex” changes to air traffic management in the nation’s aviation history.

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It is scheduled to replace the existing independent civil and military air traffic management system.

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