Saab's TactiCall ICS communication system will be fitted to three different ship classes for the Norwegian Navy.
The Norwegian Defence Material Agency (NDMA) selected the TactiCall Integrated Communication System (ICS) to replace the existing communication system for both internal and external use on-board, including multi-level secure communication – unclassified, restricted NATO secret and national secret communication channels.
TactiCall ICS gives naval teams access to a variety of communication channels at different security levels from the same user terminal. Users can listen to a mix of both secure and unclassified communication simultaneously and be able to talk in both.
TactiCall will be integrated on the following ship classes: Mine Countermeasure Vessels (MCM), the Skjold-class Corvettes and the Coast Guard Vessel (CGV) Svalbard. Deliveries will be from 2021 to 2024 across seven of these Norwegian ships.
Mats Wicksell, head of Saab’s Combat Systems said it had a long-term partnership with the Royal Norwegian Navy. “TactiCall offers flexibility without compromising security demands which are very important in the naval domain,” he said.
Meanwhile, in other news, Saab has received an orders from the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for deliveries of both the new High Explosive round and Fire Control Device for the recoilless Carl-Gustaf rifle. The order values are approximately SEK 300 million ($32.9 million) and SEK 65 million ($7.1 million) respectively and deliveries will take place during 2022-2023.
The ammunition will be used by the Swedish Armed Forces. The new High Explosive round is programmable and has the ability to communicate with the new Fire Control Device. This means that the Carl-Gustaf operator can quickly configure a chambered round.
“This order indicates the beginning of the future for Carl-Gustaf," said Görgen Johansson, head of Saab’s business area Dynamics. "Through our expertise within ground combat weapons and advanced technology, we will, for the first time, enable communication with the ammunition. It gives the Carl-Gustaf operator an effective, but still easy to handle addition, to the already wide portfolio of Carl-Gustaf ammunition.”