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Berlin/Munich 23-Jun-2022

ILA 2022: Rohde & Schwarz is shaping the future with trusted end-to-end communications for mission control

R&S VCS-R/B by Rohde & Schwarz allows any intercept controller to simultaneously access two security domains using the same headset and clear audio routing principles.

At ILA Berlin Airshow 2022, Rohde & Schwarz showcases R&S VCS-R/B field-proven, full IP communications system. (Image: Rohde & Schwarz)
At ILA Berlin Airshow 2022, Rohde & Schwarz showcases R&S VCS-R/B field-proven, full IP communications system. (Image: Rohde & Schwarz)

At ILA Berlin Airshow 2022, Rohde & Schwarz showcases R&S VCS-R/B future-proof, full IP communications system. This field-proven solution provides clear separation between the red/secure and black/non-secure domains and enables any military air traffic control (ATC) operator at any air operations control center to connect to any radio anywhere at any time.

With R&S VCS-R/B, the operator can access two security domains at the same time, using the same audio accessories and clear audio routing principles. It features an innovative graphical user interface (GUI), which allows the operator to access all required communications securely at their fingertips, yet displaying both separated security domains, over which the operator retains full operational awareness. The heart of the system is the R&S Trusted Audio Switch, which ensures that the two security domains are strictly separated while still being accessed by only one audio device (e.g. headset).

“With customers in place and operational systems worldwide, R&S VCS-R/B is field-proven,” Marius Münstermann, Vice President ATC at Rohde & Schwarz explains. “The system supports requirements of NATO and other sophisticated customers. Reliable, cost-optimized and easily expandable, customers speak highly of the system, stating that workflows and functionalities improved through operational experience with this communications solution. Seamless integration with other available third-party devices, C2/battle management systems or mission-critical management systems is also supported by the R&S VCS-R/B.”

R&S VCS-R/B supports the ED137 standard to ensure safe and secure ATC voice communications. From a security perspective, the R&S Trusted Audio Switches have been certified against Common Criteria by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI).

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Rohde & Schwarz

Rohde & Schwarz is striving for a safer and connected world with its Test & Measurement, Technology Systems and Networks & Cybersecurity Divisions. For 90 years, the global technology group has pushed technical boundaries with developments in cutting-edge technologies. The company's leading-edge products and solutions empower industrial, regulatory and government customers to attain technological and digital sovereignty. The privately owned, Munich based company can act independently, long-term and sustainably. Rohde & Schwarz generated net revenue of EUR 2.78 billion in the 2022/2023 fiscal year (July to June). On June 30, 2023, Rohde & Schwarz had around 13,800 employees worldwide.

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