Saab contributed two systems – its 9LV Combat Management System (CMS) and TactiCall Integrated Communications System (ICS) to the UK’s second Information Warrior exercise led by the Royal Navy.

Information Warrior (IW18) was held at Royal Marine Barracks Stonehouse and British multinational defense technology company QinetiQ’s Portsdown Technology Park with the goal of driving the future development of warfare capabilities by focusing on the computerized side of modern warfare.

“IW18 has more than simply benchmarked current capability to allow for further testing; it has demonstrated available technology to progress the Royal Navy’s Information Warfare vision, through both the development of its own representative open architecture and close participation from industry,” said Commodore Ian Annett, Royal Navy.

As part of the UK Ministry of Defence’s vision for new open standards across all systems, the Royal Navy plans to implement systems architecture, which will be open and upgradable on its vessels. In line with this vision, Saab’s 9LV CMS is based on modern IT architecture principles that increase mission capability by enabling effective operations. Saab’s 9LV was the only participating CMS in IW18 with the open interface standards needed to handle simulated environments with a modular and scalable design.

The role of TactiCall in IW18 was to address the needs of modern navy operations, which often consist of joint setups and include a multitude of different frequency bands, networks and radio equipment. TactiCall ICS interconnects all communication technologies, reducing effort and increasing tempo. It is the only Voice over Internet Protocol integration platform currently certified to EAL5+ within the NATO community and it integrates seamlessly with third party equipment prolonging the lifespan of existing systems.