The Spanish Navy commissioned Indra the modernization of Naval Station Rota and Cartagena Naval Base’s communications infrastructures for EUR 1.7 M. The systems will become operative in 2011 and will meet the needs of NATO’s most modern ships. The design of the networks guarantees further customization.
The modernisation is essential for the ports to maintain their decisive role in NATO’s strategy in the Mediterranean Sea. It will place both ports among Europe’s most technologically advanced.
The new systems will provide the ships with a high-capacity transmission link through NATO’s general purpose communications segment while moored with the station systems as well as with other facilities in Spain or in third countries.
The link will allow access to voice, data and video services and to connect to the Spanish Navy and NATO’s networks with confidentiality and security guarantees by means of a multiservice IP network.
The network’s new capacities are essential to meet the complex needs of NATO’s ships. The services cover from telephony or email to telediagnosis of embarked systems. The automatic test benches of the naval stations will analyse the performance of the logistics, communications and electronic defence embarked systems, among others.
Cartagena Naval Base, located at the natural harbour of the city, gives support to NATO’s ships and the Spanish Navy in the Mediterranean Sea, besides housing its submarine base. It was in this same location where Indra inaugurated in early 2009 the Centre of Excellence for the Armed Forces called CEMANPER (Periscope Maintenance Centre) with the support of specialists in development and maintenance of sonar, electronic and optical systems for S-70 and S-80 submarines.
Naval Station Rota, located across Cadiz Bay, provides logistic support and maintenance to NATO ships. It also offers onshore and maintenance facilities for USA’s Sixth Fleet ships and is a necessary route to reach the Indian Ocean. It also gives services to Grupo Alfa and Grupo Anfibios of the Spanish Navy. Besides this, the station houses the US Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Center which supplies information to Spain and NATO.
Indra is the premier Information Technology company in Spain and a leading IT multinational in Europe and Latin America. It is ranked as the second European company in its sector according to stock market capitalization, and also the second Spanish company with the most investment in R&D. In 2009, revenues reached EUR 2,513 M, of which a third came from the international market. The company employs more than 29,000 professionals and has clients in more than 100 countries.