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Damen contracts Amsterdam-based The IP Company for Combat Support Ship wireless communications system

Damen Schelde Naval Shipbuilding (DSNS) signed a contract with The IP Company for the delivery and installation of a Wireless Communication & Messaging System (WCMS) for the Royal Netherlands Navy’s (RNLN) Combat Support Ship (CSS), Den Helder.

With the contract, the RNLN will receive a system based on proven technology and standardised to provide commonality across the Dutch naval fleet. The IP Company has delivered the WCMS onboard the RNLN’s Ocean-Going Patrol Vessels of the Holland Class and the Joint Support Ship HNLMS Karel Doorman. This means that the complete CSS system has the same look and feel as the systems in use on the other vessels. It also guarantees that new developments of the WCMS on the Holland Class and HNLMS Karel Doorman will be implemented on the CSS as well. This commonality offers not only familiarity for the crew, but also optimises training, maintenance and other processes.

Amsterdam-based The IP Company is at the forefront of technology and offers innovative solutions for a truly state-of-the-art secure wireless communications system. The unique feature of its systems is that they convey both voice and data, enabling communication between crew members, both in the administrative and operational domains. The system is an integrated one, which connects regular desk phones as well as secure wireless handheld devices, all further enhanced with specific functions for naval use, ensuring that information ends up directly at the right people. These people can then be mobilised immediately, increasing efficiency and improving on board safety.

Although DSNS has collaborated with The IP Company on previous vessels built for the RNLN, the two companies will now work together directly to provide the CSS with a wireless communication system with proven high reliability. Following the signing of the contract, The IP Company will commence engineering. Equipment supply to the CSS is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2022.

Combat Support Ship
The IP Company CEO Ronald Koppelman
Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) Project Manager Capt. (N) Glijn van Marion and DSNS Project Director Arjan Risseeuw
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