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Boeing to upgrade Australian Defence high-frequency communication system

Boeing will 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 $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, $86 million contract extension, BDA will continue supporting the operation and management of the DHFCS system. 

Additionally, under an $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 a $15 million engineering service contract extension.

Boeing Defence Australia is a leading Australian aerospace enterprise. With a world-class team of more than 1,200 employees at 13 locations throughout Australia and two international sites, Boeing Defence Australia supports some of the largest and most complex defence projects in Australia.

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defence, space and security businesses. Headquartered in St. Louis, USA, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a US$33 billion business with 56,000 employees worldwide.

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