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 System Integration 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 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.


A few examples of the Boat Systems Integration range are shown below: 

Diamond Intercom and Radio Combiner

The Diamond Intercom and Radio Combiner System is a state of the art digital technology combiner with a user friendly and intuitive design.

Diamond has been developed specially for use on small, high speed crafts, an ideal solution for patrol vehicles. It helps provide crew members with independent access to secure and non-secure communications networks, uninterrupted facilities (VOX) and full control of voice activated comms.

In addition to the delivery of voice connectivity between users and on board radios Diamond also integrates existing boat alarms to assure both boar and crew safety.

Diamond's intuitive modular design allows nodes to be changed without reprogramming if the operation requires; permitting simple, fast, easy installation and repair without the need for additional repair equipment.

Diamond is ergonomic for single hand operation under high speed transit, the ideal system of choice for crews.

Wireless Diamond Intercom System

The Diamond Wireless Intercom System is a fully duplex wireless intercom system that provides communications between 8 users wirelessly via lightweight, portable, body worn devices. When additional hubs are added, the number of users increase fourfold.

With a 100 metre line of sight the Diamond Intercom System is ideal for communication for crews both on board and between craft vehicles. It has a robust, functional and cost-effective solution that provides crystal communication in the most austere of environments.

Users communicate via a Push-To-Talk (PTT) button connected to the Body Pack via the Ancillary Connector. The PTT is designed to be worn on the chest/shoulder, allowing ease of access during high winds and at speed.

When interfaced with the Drumgrange Diamond Intercom and Radio Combiner System the user benefits from additional features; including the ability to hear radio transmissions and user definable audible alarms.


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.