The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has received an advanced battlespace communications system from Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) ahead of schedule.
The modern and integrated battlespace telecommunications network (I-BTN) has been delivered under the $650m Land 2072 Phase 2B project.
The project seeks to provide advanced voice, data and video services to provide secure communication between deployed Australian land forces and headquarters. The system will replace ageing mobile communications and computer networks.
Australia Minister for Defence Marise Payne said: “The delivery of this cutting-edge technology, which will transform the way our military communicates in the field, is great news for defence.
“Modern and secure communications networks are critical to the ADF’s warfighting capability and with this new range of technology the ADF will enjoy the latest in protected wired and wireless communication services.”
The I-BTN capability will be used by 7th Combat Signal Regiment and 1 Signal Regiment, both based at Enoggera Barracks in Brisbane and 1 Combat Communications Squadron at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) base Amberley, near Ipswich.
More than 200 jobs have been created in Australia by the project since 2015.
Payne added: “Defence looks forward to declaring this capability operational in 2018, during which time the new communication package will be further rolled out to the Army and the Royal Australian Air Force.”