Gunnery Support System
Our challenge: To install and demonstrate a stand-alone gunnery control system, in theatre, as part of a minor trial on board an operational Royal Navy Hunt Class vessel.
We were given the opportunity to install and demonstrate the system during a very short window while the ship was alongside in Bahrain. If the trial was to be a success, we knew that we would have to work closely with our customer and the ship’s personnel.
SAVOX Communications Ltd, a strategic partner of STS Defence, provided the equipment infrastructure (ImP) while STS Defence undertook the system design and installation to MoD standards.
ImP provides each user position with a bi-directional (battle damage resilient) 100MHz Ethernet data conduit capable of streaming video and digitised voice simultaneously to all users. A Wi-Fi radio capability also allows remote access to the system for independent ‘roving’ radio systems. The system is a one-time set up solution, with each user position configurable using bespoke software which will allow either full or restricted access to various operator functions. The system is also capable of using constant voice or video recording while live. The equipment has an extremely small footprint making it easy to install, repair and replace.
The entire four month trial period was subject to intensive use and reporting which resulted in a resounding success for the platform and Fleet capability, fulfilling 90% of the gunnery communications user requirement.
The trial was deemed a resounding success, so much so that we were persuaded to leave the equipment on-board where it remains, fully operational, to this day.