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The R60 VDES Base Station is the latest generation base station from Saab designed for fixed shore and offshore installations. It offers support for the new VDES standard, which includes traditional AIS, as well as a range of powerful new features.

Enabling safer and more efficient navigation

The VDES standard – “next generation AIS” – is currently being finalized. It will be a powerful enabler for future e-navigation applications by supporting a significantly higher bandwidth than AIS, offering better security and providing a higher level of integrity.

The R60 VDES Base Station is VDES compliant, which initially means embedded support for both traditional AIS as well as the new ASM channels (Application Specific Messaging, on separate additional channels). It is also fully prepared for adaption to the new VDE channels support as defined by the ITU VDES recommendation and the IALA guideline for VDES.
Saab was the first company ever to gain a type approval for an AIS product and has been a pioneer in the development of AIS and a major supplier of AIS base stations for many years. We also have the firm ambition to stay at the forefront of the new VDES technology.

When fully deployed, VDES will provide a global coverage through a two-way satellite communication link that is part of the standard.

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Functional supremacy

Ensuring a high degree of reliability and availability has been a key design goal during the development of the R60. In addition to support for hot standby installations and local storage data recording, the R60 has new advanced hardware watchdog functions and built-in remote power control.


The R60 has been developed with future evolution in mind. It uses our new 5th generation Software Defined Radio (SDR) platform, offering best in class radio performance, plenty of headroom to add additional communication channels in the marine VHF bands, and full flexibility to adapt to new future waveforms and protocols. Together with a modular design this assures it can continue to grow over time, in terms of functionality as well as performance, and remain aligned with future developments.

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Did you know...

  • VDES or VHF Data Exchange System is an international standard based on AIS. We can guarantee that our VDES products are always compliant with the latest version of the standard, thanks to our market leading Software Defined Radio technology.
  • Over the years, we have delivered more than 3,000 AIS base stations to more than 50 countries.
  • We are the proud supplier of the national AIS networks and base stations in China, India and Sweden. The former of these is believed to be the largest AIS network in the world.

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Leaflet in pdf for view or download:
22 September 2020

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