The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) has awarded a contract to Babcock for the supply of an automated control and management system (ACMS).

The new ACMS will interact with 25 sites across Norway, and is expected to enable the secure delivery of data and voice communications between Norwegian Joint Headquarters (NJHQ) and the armed forces.

Tailored to address NDLO requirements, the system will feature several operator workstations for the coordination of messages and transmission through a high frequency (HF) network, as well as the hardware needed for secure management, encryption, broadcast and receipt of all transmissions.

"The tender from Babcock was comprehensive and met all the requirements of the NDLO / CIS."

NDLO Section Project Branch / Nato, Sensor and C2IS head Jon Tiller said: "The tender from Babcock was comprehensive and met all the requirements of the NDLO / CIS."

Babcock Defence Systems Technology Communications Systems and Support director Tom Mulhall said: "The new system will boost capability and reliability and deliver a robust, efficient service through progressive modernisation of infrastructure."

Expected to replace NDLO’s existing control systems, the ACMS is fully interoperable with Nato equipment, which was tested in Babcock’s integration laboratory before installation, and also allows for simple and cost-efficient upgrades or installation of new components.

It has been designed with several useful and intuitive features, such as graphical user interfaces (GUI) to provide a simple, informative display using touchscreen technology.

In addition, the use of commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) products is expected to reduce through-life costs where possible.

Babcock used its expertise in operating HF communications systems for armed forces, Nato and other authorised users, including the defence high-frequency communications service (DHFCS) network for the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD), to develop ACMS.

Under the contract, the company’s specialist instructors will also provide training courses for NDLO operators, administrators and technicians.

Defence Technology