Digital Voice Recording Systems for SEA 1654

Sonartech Atlas has been contracted to supply the Communications Recording systems for the Royal Australian Navy’s new AOR (Auxiliary Oil Replenishment) ships.  Sonartech’s Digital Voice Recording System (DVRS) will provide the communications and voice recording capabilities to the ships currently being constructed under the SEA 1654 Program.

The DVRS was designed, developed and manufactured in Australia to meet the specific requirements of the RAN.  The requirements were developed following a Board of Inquiry, which had concluded that a suitable data recorder capable of recording command decisions can play an important role in enhancing safety at sea. 

The design makes the DVRS suitable for both retrofit and new construction, providing the capability to record both secure and non-secure radio channels, internal communication circuits and open microphones for a period in excess of 31 days.  With anti-tamper features and specific power supply it is a valuable tool in providing accurate event reconstruction for incident investigation or to support training.  

This order increases the number of RAN ship’s fitted with the system to 21, across 6 classes with additional systems ashore in training centres.  Sonartech has been working with the Navy on retrofitting the system to the Collins Class Submarines and considers it an ideal system for other new platforms such as the Offshore Patrol Vessel and Future Frigate

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