Australia Begins Operating High-Frequency Communications System

4 October 2009 (Last Updated October 4th, 2009 18:30)

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has officially inducted Boeing's modernised high-frequency communication system (MHFCS) into service. Designed and developed by Boeing Defence Australia, the MHFCS will provide the ADF with advanced communication systems to securely transmit voice and

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has officially inducted Boeing's modernised high-frequency communication system (MHFCS) into service.

Designed and developed by Boeing Defence Australia, the MHFCS will provide the ADF with advanced communication systems to securely transmit voice and data services including email, fax and web browsing for remote stations.

MHFCS was delivered in two phases. Of the two the core system that was delivered in 2004 replaced three of the ADF's aging HF communications systems with a single integrated system consisting of four HF radio stations and two control centres.

The recently delivered final system provides greater levels of automation, performance and capability for ADF users, including two generic mobile upgrade systems, one land-and-sea component and one air platforms component.

Work has begun to complete the major remaining work scope by upgrading the backup control centre to the same configuration as the operational main control centre.