Rohde und Schwarz Comms Supporting Guardia di Finanza

Rohde und Schwarz signed a contract to equip the new Financial police Offshore patrol vessels with external communication systems.


Press release, Munich, November 3, 2020: Rohde & Schwarz has been awarded a contract by Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria to supply line-of-sight (LOS) and beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications systems for Financial policeoffshore patrol vessels. Financial police is the law enforcement arm of the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance.

Customs authorities often have to monitor the long coastlines with patrol boats to prevent smuggling and illegal immigration. R&S M3SR Series4100 High Frequency (HF) radios, R&S M3SR Series4400 VHF/UHF radios and a dedicated Coast Guard Data Link (an extension of the Information and Communication System) allow authorities to monitor these large coastal areas.

Rohde & Schwarz will equip Financial policenew OPVs with external communication systems. [Image: Cantiere Navale Vittoria]

“We supported Financial police on land, sea and in the air for many years,” says Mario Zacanini, Managing Director of Rohde & Schwarz Italy. “Rohde & Schwarz and Cantiere Navale Vittoria have a long history of collaboration. We are very proud that our equipment is located in these Italian vessels. We deliver safe, future-ready investments for today’s Coast Guard on time and on budget.”

The latest Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) is the largest patrol boat ever built for Financial police and will be commissioned in 2022. It will join the large fleet already equipped with R&S Postman (integrated communication system) and external communication systems from Rohde & Schwarz. The R&S M3SR Series4100 HF radios use the SOVERON communication architecture. They are innovative, multi-functional Software Defined Radios (SDRs) that can be upgraded with HF broadband functions. The powerful radio platform can be expanded at any time and is a safe, future-proof investment.

“Rohde & Schwarz radio systems are exceptionally well designed and manufactured in an award-winning factory. They have unique, field-proven reliability,” says Giuseppe Di Riso, sales engineer at Rohde & Schwarz Italy.

Rohde & Schwarz is currently making significant investments in HF broadband technology to support customers around the world in the transition to next-generation BLOS communication systems.

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