Australia: Boeing is planning to increase the capacity and ease-of-use of the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF’s) high frequency communications systems as part of the country’s Project Nullarbor communications improvement initiative. Under contracts with a combined value exceeding AUD 120 million, Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) will bolster the Defence High Frequency Communications System (DHFCS) with increased signal enhancement capabilities. First delivered in 2004, the DHFCS system consolidated the HF communication system operated by individual services into a single integrated system.
“These contracts are a vote of confidence in Boeing’s ability to maintain these vital strategic assets, a responsibility we do not take lightly,” said Bill Madley, BDA General Manager, Information & Operational Services. Through a five-year, AUD 86 million contract extension, BDA will continue supporting the operation and management of the DHFCS system. Additionally, under an AUD 24 million agreement BDA will design, develop, install and support a fully operational Nullarbor system at four separate DHFCS facilities, and it will sustain and upgrade DHFCS operational capability for five more years through an AUD 15 million engineering service contract extension.