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BAE announcement

Solid State plc (AIM: SOLI), the specialist value added component supplier and design-in manufacturer of computing, power, and communications products, announces that following a pre-qualification stage and a competitive tender process, BAE Systems has awarded Steatite Ltd, the manufacturing arm of Solid State Plc, a multi-million pound contract to design, develop and qualify computer consoles for maritime platforms. The multi-function use of the console will need to comply with many industry and MOD specific standards. This challenging set of requirements required an approach that offered innovation, value and agility.

A BAE Systems’ representative, said: “This is a critical path programme and our expectations are high.  Steatite provided us with the assurance that they have the technical skills, resources and commitment to deliver against challenging timescales and meeting commercial constraints.  We are looking forward to working with the team on the project.”

Matthew Richards, Managing Director at Steatite, added: “We have worked with BAE Systems for many years on maritime and land based systems. I am delighted that our recent investments in test and security infrastructure and personnel combined with our existing engineering expertise has been recognised by BAE Systems.  We have hit the ground running on the project and look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with BAE Systems.”

The project will be led from the Redditch site utilising the new EMC facility installed in 2021 whilst drawing on technical skills from the Solid State Group.

Introducing the GVR5 dual band radio for ground vehicles from Persistent Systems.

We are pleased to announce the upcoming release of the GVR5 (Ground Vehicle Radio 5) enabled with Wave Relay® technology from Persistent Systems
The GVR5 is a modular dual-band high-bandwidth MANET radio designed to benefit vehicles with the networking capability of the highly acclaimed Wave Relay® enabled MPU5 radio. Providing up to 120Mbps of throughput for voice, data and video, the GVR5 is ideally suited to applications with complex vehicle LAN architecture, or a need for a Communication Plan based on PACE (Primary, Alternate, Contingency and Emergency).
Using existing RF modules designed for use with the MPU5, the GVR5 supports two RF modules concurrently, allowing for communication in any combination of L-Band, S-Band, Lower C-Band and Upper C-Band frequencies. An upcoming firmware release will allow the GVR5 to connect directly to an internet backhaul such as an LTE hotspot or Satcom access point via Cloud Relay®.
Designed from the ground up to be a military-spec rugged radio, the GVR5 is shock-mounted to protect the radio from any impact damage when traversing difficult terrain or when subject to ballistic and gunfire shock.
Due for release in November 2020, the GVR5 will be qualified for vehicle specific test including gunfire shock and MIL-STD-1275 vehicle power systems.

Click here to find out more about the GVR5.