Australia approves $1.06bn battlefield command system project

29 November 2017 (Last Updated November 29th, 2017 10:12)

The Government of Australia has approved a A$1.4bn ($1.06bn) project to procure a new battlefield command system for the nation’s army.

The Government of Australia has approved a A$1.4bn ($1.06bn) project to procure a new battlefield command system for the nation’s army.

The system allows commanders to plan, monitor, direct and review operations in real time, according to Australia Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne.

Under the Land 200 Tranche 2 project, Elbit Systems of Australia will improve the battle management system software delivered under Land 200 Tranche 1.

Harris Communications Australia has been selected to deliver the tactical communications network, including encrypted radios, as part of the project.

Australia Minister for Defence Marise Payne said: “It will improve our land combat and amphibious warfare capabilities by providing fast, accurate information over secure and reliable digital communications.

“It will improve our land combat and amphibious warfare capabilities by providing fast, accurate information over secure and reliable digital communications.”

“The battlefield command system will integrate with weapon systems in Australia’s tanks and future combat vehicles, increasing decision speed and the ability to share information across the battlefield.”

With this project, Harris’ Australian workforce is expected to increase by 70 to 120 positions in Brisbane and another 15 new positions will be established by its major subcontractor, Boeing Defence Australia.

Elbit’s Australian workforce to support Land 200 will grow by 70 to 122, with 67 in Brisbane and 55 in Melbourne.

The Australian industry is expected to invest around $215m in the acquisition, which is expected to nearly double to around $400m during project sustainment.