|[27 APR 99] MARCONI
COMMUNICATIONS PRESS RELEASE
Dutch Airforce Establish New System With Marconi
The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNAF) is to fully integrate its national
military communications systems by linking key sites across the country with a new
strategic Command and Control Network provided by Marconi Communications in Coventry.
The new voice network will link with the airforce's
PBX-based Local Telephone Network which is used for day to day operational communications
and was supplied by Marconi in 1991. Chris Lee, Marconi's Coventry-based senior manager
for the project, said:
"The planned integration of the Dutch armed forces'
strategic, operational and inter-force communications networks will create one of the most
modern self-contained and robust systems in Europe. Marconi's success with this contract
reflects our eight year relationship with the RNAF, as well as our excellent integration
and turnkey project management capabilities and proven record of system support."
The Command and Control network is scheduled for completion
in early 2000 and will support both voice and non-voice applications - such as operational
data - through the interconnection of various communications hardware and software in
different RNAF sites. Marconi is to provide the turnkey project management which includes
project design, development, installation and commissioning as well as ongoing support.
Marconi Communications is a world leader in smart broadband
transmission and network integration. Based in the UK and Italy, it has sales to more than
140 countries and is wholly owned by GEC, a global manufacturer of intelligent electronic
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