Vitavox recently showcased its fully qualified Outacom® Armoured Vehicle Public Address system to the world at DSEI defence exhibition in London.
Outacom® is being fitted to all the new British Army AJAX strike force vehicles, which are currently in production. This will allow communication to the civilian population around the vehicles, up to 300 metres away. This is the first time that enclosed armoured vehicles have been able to communicate to civilians without putting mounted army personnel in immediate risk. When combined with external microphones installed on AJAX, a two-way conversation is possible whilst remaining safe and behind cover.
Outacom® can be a stand-alone system or integrated into a vehicle's communication harness, where it can be retrofitted to an existing vehicle easily. In addition to live voice communication, tones and pre-recorded announcements can also be broadcast, enabling personnel to remain focused on their objective.
Also unveiled at DSEI, the Vitavox Main Broadcast System is now available to global naval forces. This fully integrated communications solution has been developed in-house, drawing on the company's long history of supplying and supporting the Royal Navy. This collaboration has also identified key areas where existing systems could be updated.
The Main Broadcast System has the critical functionality that naval vessels require and combines all the necessary components together in a focused, unified solution that is suitable for a wide variety of platforms. It can be configured for numerous customer requirements, including broadcasting to multiple zones.
The system includes microphone stations, internal noise cancelling and external rugged microphones, all inclusive of pre-amps where necessary for clear communication over distance. Also included are 5W to 30W internal and external loudspeakers and submarine bridge loudspeakers which are external to the submarine pressure hull. To power and connect the system are main broadcast amplifiers, with auto changeover feature and a main broadcast interface unit that includes alarms.
Emergency handsets are integral to the microphone station to mitigate the event of central system disruption. Magnetic loop and UHF headsets, plus transmitters cover noisy locations. The system's uninterruptible power supply is another feature, along with its optional radio receiver and CD player.
Over the years Vitavox has developed many successfully engineered solutions based on sound, including loudspeakers, microphones, headsets, intercom systems and other sound-reproducing equipment. These products are designed to fit specific operational and functional requirements, ensuring they perform well in the most hazardous of environments. Vitavox facilitate many Primes with military quality sound equipment, using a collaborative and bespoke approach.
The Ministry of Defence is another major client of Vitavox that uses the company for providing its Foxhound armoured vehicles with internal loudspeakers. In addition, Vitavox supplies equipment for Royal Navy Frigates and Astute Class Submarines, in addition to providing all the loudspeakers and microphones to be used for main broadcast on the new Royal Navy Successor submarine programme.