The operational scenario at Papa includes ground-air communications using fixed and multi-frequency radios, remote control of radios directly from the controller working position, ground-ground telephony using analog lines, and intercom services between operator positions.
To protect infrastructure investments, telephony and radio gateways from the R&S VCS-4G portfolio of interworking devices will be deployed to interconnect with government-supplied equipment, including analog PABX and radio stations with analog audio interfaces.
The R&S VCS-4G’s inherent all-IP system architecture provides the necessary infrastructure for smooth and seamless migration to IP-based software defined radios in the future.
The EUROCAE ED-137 compliant R&S VCS-4G system represents the first step in migrating the customer’s communications infrastructure to next-generation communications solutions.
Voice over IP (VoIP) compliant with EUROCAE ED-137 specifications has established itself as the technology of choice for ATC, replacing the obsolete TDM-based systems. The R&S VCS-4G voice communications system complies with this standard. Its redundant design and support for numerous interfaces to external systems such as voice recording equipment and telephone lines make it the ideal choice for this project.
The R&S VCS-4G system is highly scalable and can be expanded without replacing existing equipment. It has been designed to meet next-generation air traffic control (ATC) requirements, such as asset sharing, facility consolidation, geographical distribution, virtual center, and remote tower, supporting the efficiency and safety objectives of global aviation.
Rohde & Schwarz was selected for the Papa NATO airbase upgrade at the beginning of 2015 and was awarded the phase 2 implementation in June 2015.
After completing the site acceptance test for phase one of an airbase communications modernization project in record time, Rohde & Schwarz has been chosen to provide additional controller working positions (CWP) of its state-of-the-art, EUROCAE ED-137 VoIP-based R&S VCS-4G voice communications system in phase two of the project.
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