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The R60 VDES Base Station, Saab's cutting-edge base station, is purpose-built for both fixed shore and offshore setups. It offers robust support for the latest VDES standard, encompassing traditional AIS functionality while introducing an impressive array of innovative features.

Key features

Future proof by design
Supports AIS, ASM and VDES
Multi-GNSS capability


The R60 VDES Base Station is purposefully crafted to adhere to the upcoming generation of maritime communication protocols. It seamlessly supports traditional AIS, the powerful ASM channels (Application Specific Messaging), and the emerging VDE channels, aligning perfectly with ITU VDES recommendations and the VDES guidelines set forth by IALA.


Saab holds the distinction of being the very first company to secure type approval for an AIS product. We have a rich history as pioneers in AIS development and have served as a leading provider of AIS base stations for numerous years. Our dedication remains steadfast as we continue to lead the charge into next generation communication protocols - an advancement into VDES. Once fully implemented, VDES will revolutionize global coverage with a bidirectional fully authenticated satellite communication link, a pivotal component of this groundbreaking standard, able to protect vessel integrity whilst keeping open lines of communication. 

Class-leading Software Defined Radio

The R60 VDES Base Station represents the evolution of the highly regarded R40 AIS Base Station, known for its unwavering quality and dependable performance. With its cutting-edge Software Defined Radio (SDR) design, the R60 is future-proof, ready to adapt to forthcoming changes in international standards and requirements.

The R60 Base Station aligns with the RED Directive and complies with essential international standards, including the AIS Base Station Standard IEC 62320-1, Aton Standard IEC 62320-2, and AIS Repeater Standard 62320-3. As defined by IALA, the R60 Base Station serves as the central component of a physical AIS Shore Station. Its primary function is to receive and transmit data to and from AIS/VDES equipped vessels operating within the Base Station's coverage area. The R60 can be seamlessly deployed as a standalone unit or integrated into a network, such as the renowned Saab MaritimeControl platform.

Interoperable and Reliable

Ensuring that the R60 operates with utmost reliability and availability has been a top priority in its development. As a result, it boasts an impressive MTBF of over 100,000 hours. Additionally, the R60 comes equipped with multiple Ethernet ports, allowing for complete network backup and the ability to reset the base station's power remotely.

The R60 also features a built-in NTP-server option to facilitate local time synchronization for LAN-connected equipment. Additionally, it offers comprehensive support for VDL analysis through FSR/VSI-message information, providing details such as Received Signal Strength, Time of Arrival, and Signal to Noise Ratio. Furthermore, the R60 supports channel management via both AIS and DSC.

For user convenience, a front-mounted color touch display simplifies monitoring and configuration of the unit. More advanced configuration, monitoring, and remote updates can be accomplished through the built-in web server.

Functional supremacy

A crucial focus in the R60's development has been to guarantee exceptional reliability and availability. Beyond accommodating hot standby installations and local data recording, the R60 introduces new advanced hardware watchdog functions and incorporates built-in remote power control, further enhancing its robustness and dependability.

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Did you know...

  • VDES or VHF Data Exchange System is an international standard based on AIS.
  • We guarantee our VDES products being compliant with the latest standards 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 a leading supplier of 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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