MoD awards Link Microtek 4-year support contract for naval infra-red communications system
Link Microtek has won a 4-year contract from the UK MoD for the provision of spares, repairs and other support services for the company’s Azdec mobile infra-red communications system.
Installed on board various ships within the Royal Navy fleet, the Azdec system provides totally secure, wire-free, short-range voice communications, giving personnel the freedom to roam unhindered from their base positions.
The robustly constructed system consists of a compact base station, a number of fixed infra-red antennas, a choice of headsets, operators’ belt-mounted battery packs/control units, and a central battery-charger unit. Typical items to be supplied under the new arrangement are expected to include replacement battery packs and additional headsets, and the prices of all equipment and services will be fixed for the 4-year term of the contract.
Commenting on the development, Link Microtek’s managing director, Steve Cranstone, said: “We are very pleased to have signed this agreement because it enables us to deal direct with the MoD, rather than working through a third party. Not only will we be able to provide the Royal Navy with a much improved service, but the procurement process will also be more efficient and cost-effective for the MoD.”
Employing low-level infra-red digital encoding technology, the Azdec system poses no health or EMC hazard and fully satisfies the MoD’s TEMPEST requirements.