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Boeing Defence Australia has opened a defence manufacturing and testing facility at Wacol in Brisbane, Australia, for the Australian Defence Force’s next-generation battlespace communications.

The company’s new assembly and test facility was opened by Australia Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price.

Boeing will use the A$7.5m ($5.11m) facility for the assembly and testing of its new Integrated Battlefield Telecommunications Network (I-BTN).

The work is part of the A$700m ($477.34m) contract secured by the company from the Australian Department of Defence in 2015 for LAND 2072 Phase 2B – Project CURRAWONG.

The contract includes the delivery of the communications system and initial support services.

Price said: “This facility is a further demonstration that major companies are seeing the opportunities and making significant investments in Australia’s defence industry.

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“It’s also further proof the Morrison Government’s record A$200bn ($136.38m) investment in defence capability is creating the right conditions for job creation in this important sector.

“I congratulate Defence and Boeing for delivering world-leading technology that is agile in meeting warfighting requirements, ahead of schedule.”

Project LAND 2072 Phase 2B seeks to deliver secure voice, data and video services between Australian headquarters and deployed land forces globally.

Boeing’s Currawong Battlespace Communications System achieved Initial Operating Capability (IOC) in July last year.

The project provides an upgraded I-BTN to replace Land Network communication.

The company delivered the battlespace communications system ahead of schedule in December 2017.

The solution offers interoperability and is scalable to meet the needs of the Australian Army.