Battlespace Communications Systems
This capability consists of two primary fleets of communications equipment. The Combat Net Radio Fleet is a range of man-portable and vehicle mounted radios for use by ground forces on the battlefield. The Battlefield Telecommunications Network Fleet is a satellite and trunking system that provides a voice and data capability to a deployed Brigade.
These fleets are maintained via sustainment contracts with Thales Australia, Saab Australia and BAE Systems Australia. JP 2072 is a major project that is replacing the current generation of Battlespace Communications Systems via a series of project phases.
During 2014-15, the key focus will continue to be on planning and executing the transition of the first phase of the JP 2072 generation of communications equipment from acquisition to sustainment. A major aspect of this transition is the establishment of mature maintenance and support contracts with Harris Corporation and Raytheon Australia. Concurrently there will be continued focus on identifying elements of the current fleet that can be rationalised or retired from service. Planning for the timely withdrawal of current fleets, as the new radios are introduced into service, remains critical to minimising longer term sustainment costs.
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