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the ADF land forces.
“During 2014-15, this project will be finalising
the acquisition contract and will deliver the initial
wideband satellite terminals to the ADF as well as
establishing the support and training systems.”
However, on February 24 the Department of
Defence issued the following statement, which was
foreshadowed by APDR six months ago:
Joint Project (JP) 2008 Phase 3F — Australian
Defence Satellite Communication Capability Terrestrial
Enhancement — has been added to the Projects of
Acting Chief Executive Officer, Defence Materiel
Organisation, Harry Dunstall, said the project had
been raised with the Minister for Defence, Kevin
Andrews, who had directed DMO to work with BAE
Systems to get the project back on track.
The project was originally approved in 2009 to
deliver an enhanced Australian Defence Satellite
Communications (SATCOM) capability through the
delivery of a satellite ground station in Western
Australia and an upgrade to the existing Optus C1
Ground Station at HMAS Harman (SGS-H).
Once delivered, the capability will interface with
deployed forces accessing the Wideband Global
Satellite (WGS) with the Defence Wide Area Network
and Australian Defence headquarters and support
Mr Dunstall said the project had experienced
significant delays since approval and final delivery was
now forecast to be completed some five years later
than originally planned.
“Adding this project to the Projects of Concern list
was the most appropriate option for addressing the
significant schedule, technical and cost challenges
facing the project,” Mr Dunstall said.
JP 2043 PHASE 3A
HIGH FREQUENCY MODERNISATION
According to an audit report “Defence utilises
satellite communications as the primary system for
high and medium speed communication with mobile
ADF platforms such as ships, aircraft and vehicles.
Vulnerabilities in satellite communications make it
necessary for Defence to have alternative means of
long distance communication.
“The purpose of High Frequency communication
capabilities is to provide an alternative means of
long range communications; and the primary
capability for ADF mobile platforms not fitted for
satellite communication. JP 2043 was established to
modernise the ADF’s High Frequency communication
The terrestrial HF communications network is
certified to handle information up to secret or top
secret classification levels and traffic may comprise
voice, organisational messages, email, data, facsimile,
and limited web services.
The Modernised High Frequency Communications
System (MHFCS) is a managed long range
communications capability designed and built in
Australia to meet the rigorous standards of the
Australian Defence Force, facilitating the secure
exchange of information between fixed and mobile
stations using one integrated system.
MHFCS is similar to a mobile phone system with no
operator intervention necessary and guaranteed levels
of data delivery, meaning both voice and data are fully
automated, reliable and error-free from end to end. The
MHFCS offers a fully automated advanced frequency
management capability that, without user intervention,
automatically selects the most appropriate frequency/
antenna/node combination to ensure the best available
signal to noise ratio for automated calls.
In a 2014 contract, Boeing will increase the capacity
and ease-of-use of the ADF’s MHFCS as part of
Defence’s Project Nullarbor (Null Steering & Signal
Enhancement) communications improvement initiative.
Under contracts with a combined value exceeding
AUD$120 million, Boeing Defence Australia (BDA)
will bolster the MHFCS with increased signal
HMAS Anzac sits at anchor in Jervis Bay.
Under the acquisition contract, Selex ES, with support of other
Finmeccanica companies and a range of Australian and international
companies, will provide an integrated suite of state-of-the-art
communications capabilities for the ANZAC-class frigates.
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