The Australian government has announced a major boost to Defence’s strategic high-frequency communications capability to support regional and global operations.
FILE PHOTO (not the right radio type, but hey 😉 ): North West Mobile Force soldier Private Corinthian Noketta from the Wallman Community in Turkey Creek radios information to command elements during a patrol activity on Operation Resolute on Groote Eylandt in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Photo by Gunner Shannon Joyce.
Defence and Babcock Pty Ltd last week signed a contract to equip the Australian Defence Force with an enhanced high-frequency communications system.
Minister for Defence Industry Pat Conroy said the government would invest $1.96 billion dollars to upgrade communications equipment and facilities across Australia, build a new communication site near Darwin, and establish a software development centre in Adelaide.
“In partnership with Babcock, Defence will grow and strengthen Australian industry’s high-frequency communications capacity, further developing workforce skills, knowledge and expertise that are central to delivering this leading-edge capability,” Minister Conroy said.
“This will complement Defence’s investment in secure and resilient satellite communications to support our soldiers, sailors and aviators on operations at home and abroad.
“Australia and our international partners will use these latest advances in command and control methods over the coming decades.”