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Rohde & Schwarz unveils new UMS400 outdoor spectrum monitoring and radiolocation capability

The universal monitoring system is able to detect frequencies from 8 kHz to 8 GHz – extendable to 20 GHz with the company’s CS-MC20 converters.

The universal monitoring system is able to detect frequencies from 8 kHz to 8 GHz – extendable to 20 GHz with the company’s CS-MC20 converters.

According to the company, the capability better helps users overcome difficulties posed by broader frequency ranges used by modern systems and can be used for fixed and mobile spectrum monitoring, radiolocation of short radio messages, identify sources of sporadic interference or even emitter hunting.

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The new UMS is expected to provide improved capabilities, with previous sensors needing to be placed as close to the antenna as possible to mitigate cable losses and enhance sensitivity.

The model features compact outdoor housing using lower levels of power, making it impactful for temporary missions including event monitoring. This is facilitated by an independent internal computer to collect data.

The capability is in line with ITU recommendations, with the company confirming that it can be incorporated into systems utilising the Rohde & Schwarz ARGUS software which networks stations utilising the UMS400.

Late last month, Defence formally accepted the first Austal-built evolved Cape Class vessel into service for the Royal Australian Navy, with Rohde & Schwarz designing customised Naval Integrated Communications System (NAVICS) capabilities within five months of contract execution.

The patrol boat, which is the first of six Australian Defence Vessels (ADVs), will be deployed for border protection, fisheries and constabulary duties ahead of full operational capability of the Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels.

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Contracted to develop customised NAVICS for the assets, managing director of Rohde & Schwarz Gareth Evans congratulated the company’s swift five-month design of tailored communications solutions for the vessel.

“It’s a great day for Austal and Navy, but also for Rohde & Schwarz Australia, which as Communication Systems Integrator (CSI) has achieved a number of record milestones that have significantly contributed to this day becoming a reality,” Evans said.

“Within just five months of contract execution, we completed the design of our customised NAVICS internal and external communications solution for the Cape Class.”

According to the company, the Factory and Harbour Acceptance Testing were completed within 11 months and 17 months each.

“I’m extremely proud of the effort of the Rohde & Schwarz Australia team and their counterparts at Austal,” Evans continued.

[Related: Cape Class delivery a milestone for Rohde & Schwarz’s Naval Integrated Communications System]

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