Boat Systems Integration

The Boat's Team at Drumgrange specialise in the integration of navigation, communications (V/UHF, SatCom & Iridium), tracking and situational awareness systems for military, security and rescue craft, including RIBs, landing craft, combat support boats and underwater vehicles.

Specific design expertise for small craft has been developed by Drumgrange covering complex military and IMO regulations including EMC, Tempest and RadHaz to Def Stan 59-411, environmental and human factors issues, security accreditation and shock and vibration.

The Boat's Team also supports the integration of situational awareness systems on warships to aid the safe operation of deployed RIBs and work-boats. Such systems can be linked to the ship's radar to provide shared ship-boat contact information.

Drumgrange can provide customised Boarding Party Support Systems to support Maritime Interdiction Operations (MIO) and counter-piracy operations including remote communications, rugged IT systems, cameras, biometric ID devices and acoustic hailing devices.

The Company's Facility at Portland Bill is ideally suited for integrating and testing classified military hardware on maritime craft; we have a dedicated boat handling facility in a large secure (List X) workshop, easy access to Portland Harbour and Portland Port for the secure launching/recovery of the platforms, our own powerboat qualified coxswains and sea trials qualified staff to manage and conduct trials. The main laboratory has line of sight view to the English Channel enabling communications trials to be conducted from the facility to the platforms at sea. We also have certified cryptographic custodians to manage the crypto equipment, including hardware and key material, required to conduct such work.

Product examples

Diamond Radio Combiner and Intercom System

Drumgrange has developed a digital intercom and radio combiner system (Diamond) for use on land and maritime platforms. An ideal solution for patrol craft and vehicles, Diamond provides voice connectivity between multiple users and on-board radios and also integrates engine & system alarms to ensure platform and crew safety.


Drumgrange's Xeres system is operated by the Royal Navy on Type 23 Frigates and Type 45 Destroyers providing military communications between the deployed RIBs and the platform, shared situational awareness, RIB tracking and boarding party systems.

Xtreme Tablet PC

To reliably cope with the extreme shock and vibration on RIBs, Drumgrange has developed its own self-contained Seaboat PC which has now entered service with the Royal Navy.