13 February 2012 by Beth Stevenson – Shepard group
ST Electronics has launched a new compact IP-based integrated voice and data communication system.
Revealed at the Singapore Air Show on 13 February, the SuperneT Vehicular Communication Systems ST6800 (SuperneT VICS) provides a 'network platform to facilitate integration of heterogeneous C4ISR', a statement from the company read. 'The SuperneT VICS offers an ideal platform for collaboration, providing speed of command and control and enhanced operational efficiency for work groups on wheeled and tracked combat vehicles, and small naval crafts operating in high temp and harsh tactical environments,' the statement continued. It offers a standard gigabit ethernet (GE) interface backbone that serves as a common network fabric to connect all C4ISR systems.
Speaking at a media briefing in Singapore, Patrick Choy, ST Engineering's Executive VP/chief marketing officer of strategic marketing, pointed out that customers are now wanting 'more for less'. The statement said that increased operational requirements and technology advances meant that militaries face the challenge to upgrade and adopt new vehicular systems and solutions, leading to increased size, weight, power and cost demands. This latest system allows for interconnectivity, survivability and interoperability, and is based on an open architecture design that allows systems to be easily upgraded and therefore cuts costs for the customer. The SuperneT also 'exploits IP technology to facilitate the convergence and integration of voice and data services', the statement said. Choy also emphasised the need for network-centric operations, and said that creating systems to fit this requirement 'is of course the way we will have mission accomplishment'. The company also announced how it was putting its efforts into 'smart systems' such as unmanned, survivable, C4ISR, security and soldier combat systems. This, the company said, demonstrated that ST Engineering, the parent company of ST Electronics, is 'high up the value chain' in terms of its technological offerings.