Australian satellite communications specialist, TC Communications has won two new contracts to supply and support satellite terminals to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) as part of the latter’s project to deploy integrated wideband global satellite (WGS) communications capabilities.
The “multi-million dollar contracts” will see TC partner with Perth-based acoustic control systems vendor, L-3 Oceania, to provide 51 terminals, 30 deployment kits, spares and test equipment at a value of about $38.5 million.
These two contracts adds to TC’s existing, separate performance-based in-service support contract with ADF, through which it provides logistics support, engineering services, supply support services and maintenance services.
It also follows on from another WGS contract which saw a partnership between TC and Bridge Networks deliver the first WGS anchor earth stations via the JP 2008 Phase 4 project.
In 2007, the Australian government announced it would fund a sixth WGS under an agreement to access the US satellite communications system. This agreement intends to strengthen the Australian-US alliance and improve communication capability of the military. The WGS program contributes to the ADF fulfilling the Network Centric Warfare Roadmap aims to becoming a network-enabled force by 2016.