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The ADF has also acquired the Falcon II® AN/
PRC-150(C) manpack, the world’s only type-1
certified HF radio. Both radios were delivered to the
ADF under the Joint Project 2072 program. Harris
supported delivery, installation and ongoing training
for the radios through its Asia-Pacific headquarters
“This order expands our ongoing collaboration
with the Australian Department of Defence, which is
working toward developing a networked Australian
brigade in 2013,” said Brendan O’Connell, president,
International Business, Harris RF Communications.
“Our solutions and proven expertise in tactical
communications are making a difference for ADF
forces by delivering voice, video and data across the
battlefield. We’re also providing the ADF with world-
class field support, highlighted by the recent opening
of our regional headquarters in Brisbane.”
In addition to the equipment contract, Harris
was awarded a $15.3 million support and services
contract with the Australian Department of Defence.
Harris recently opened the Harris Communications
Logistic Centre (HCLC) in conjunction with the
commencement of Phase 2A, the services and
support contract aligning with the delivery of the
radios. The established warehouse was officially
opened on 17 August 2012 in connection with the
ADF and Commonwealth of Australia.
During the opening Alan Callaghan the VP of
International Sales and Managing Director of Asia
Pacific stated “The opening of the facility epitomizes
the very best of teamwork between the DMO, ADF
and industry, and further reaffirms Harris’ unswerving
commitment toward ensuring that the Australian War
Fighter is supplied with the very best networked
communications available in the world.” The HCLC
increases the Harris footprint within the Asia Pacific
region and significantly enhances the service and
support capability through the provision of:
• 4,900 sq/m of warehouse facility
• 600 sq/m of office space
• Test and pack area
• Bulk storage area
• State-of-the-art security systems
• Large cryptographic vault
• Ample room for a very significant additional
Systems Integration Laboratory
Raytheon Australia has provided a range of systems
engineering and equipment installation, as well as
set-to-work maintenance and integrated logistics
services under subcontract to Elbit Systems Limited
in support of the LAND 200.
Raytheon Australia has also provided
communications engineering support to Elbit in
relation to the EPLRS and MicroLight family of radios
that were procured under JP2072 Phase 1. This
capability forms the data backbone for the Battle
Group Command, Control and Communication
(BGC3) Mission system being procured under
There has been some speculation about whether
the Australian BMS will be able to interface with the
systems of other nations – especially the United States.
Both Elbit and Defence have been conscious of the
issue and have been aware of the sensitivities – if
not outright paranoia – of Washington. However, the
news so far is encouraging. The Australian system has
undergone a number of exercises involving the US and
while this has been hardware-limited to brigade and
below, data exchanges using Variable Message Format
(VMF) are understood to have been very successful. ¢
BCSS Release 8.1 Final was rolled out to Regular Army Units in March 2012. This is the first release of BCSS
since 2006. Saab provided Train the Trainer training to Army’s BCSS Trainers, the Defence Force School of
Signals (DFSS). Saab has also provided on-site technical support to BCSS Trainers and Users, including the
3rd Combat Engineer Regiment (3CER) in August 2012. The endorsed capability strategy is for BCSS to be
in service until 2018.
BCSS is the Australian Army’s deliberate planning system. It is typically used ‘pre H-hour’ for command and
control and planning, tasks.
R8.1 Final delivers enhanced communications allowing BCSS to operate over EPLRS radios; provision of
Network Management Suite of Tools to support pre-deployment configuration, testing, data transfer from
Deployable Networks to Barracks Networks.
By providing an interface that allows BCSS to operate over EPLRS radios, the system will provide rapid
communications between BCSS nodes, more robust communications via a mesh network and more rapid
distribution of orders and documentation via messaging. Use of EPLRS radios will allow BCSS approx. 50
times greater throughput than with the legacy Raven radios.
Release 8.1 Final includes a battle-map from ESRI.
Release 8.1 Final is faster for users to set up and deploy. Systems administrators will find it easier to use
Release 8.1 Final comes with a BCSS Set Up Guide in Aide Memoire in a ‘vuey-tuey’ format. This quick
reference guide fits into a pocket or basic pouch and is made of water proof paper with pockets for maps
DRN / DSN
In parallel with R8.1 Final the BCSS Project Office has developed a ‘Virtual BCSS’ providing access to the
system on the DRN and DSN. This supports on-going use of the system in the barracks.
The new BCSS version is being rolled out on military specification ruggedized Dell ATG laptops (dual core,
4GB RAM; 120GB HDD) and IWS (dual core; 3GB RAM; 320GB HDD) vehicle fits.
Administrators can prepare their plans for an operation, and apply that plan directly to multiple workstations,
reducing the time and manual effort required. Once the network is setup, automated backup tasks prevent data
loss that may otherwise occur from hardware failures. Problem identification (and hence resolution) is made
possible with an automated tool that checks BCSS installations for problems.
As mentioned above, Saab’s is part of the activity
by virtue of developing and supplying Army’s
Battlefield Command Support System under
The current in-service version of the Army’s
planning System; Battlefield Command Support
System (BCSS) is known as Release 8.1 Final. This
year it will be receiving a refresh known as Release
8.1 Service Pack 1 - which has a major focus on
sustainment and improving supportability. Next
year, an optional “plug-in” called Commander’s
Briefing Tool will be delivered.
Concurrent with these developments, BCSS
transitioned from acquisition to sustainment from
July 2012 and is being managed by the Command
Support Systems Sustainment Systems Office
(C2SSO), located in Melbourne.
For the technically minded, the key features of
Release 8.1 are:
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