The Australian Defence Force has chosen BAE Systems Australia to provide satellite communications (satcom) support service to enhance networking capabilities.

The BAE Systems joint business unit will operate and support the primary injection facility (PIF) mission system on a 24/7 basis at the HMAS Harman facility near Canberra, under a five-year, performance-based contract worth A$18.5m.

The PIF is the gateway to the advanced satcom terrestrial infrastructure system (ASTIS) which is the basis of the Australian defence satellite communications capability (ADSCC).

The ADSCC helps in the broadcast of command and control communications and high-volume information products enabling deployed forces and other users to connect with the defence secret, restricted, theatre broadcast, voice and video networks throughout the PIF.

According to the contract, BAE will also supply test and integration support to ASTIS and act as design authority for the PIF mission and support systems.