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  • 11 June 2013 10:19

TC Communications and Australian Defence Force sign WGS contract

TC Communications partners with L-3 Oceania to provide new military satellite capability to Australian Defence Force with signing of JP2008 Phase 3H contract

SYDNEY – June 11, 2013 – Australian satellite communications specialist, TC Communications, has signed another contract to provide service and support to the ADF in their project to deploy integrated Wideband Global Satellite communications capability into the ADF.

On May 9, 2013 Minister for Defence Materiel, Dr Mike Kelly AM MP, announced that Defence had signed two multi-million dollar contracts for the supply and support of satellite terminals to the ADF. TC partnered with L-3 Oceania in this program which will see L-3 Oceania providing 51 terminals, 30 deployment kits, spares and test equipment at a value of approximately $38.5 million.

TC Communications is involved in a separate, performance based in-service support contract that provides logistics support, engineering services, supply support services and maintenance services.

This contract follows on from another WGS contract that saw a partnership between TC Communications and Bridge Networks deliver the first WGS anchor earth stations via the JP 2008 Phase 4 project. TC also provides all training and support functions, including engineering support, under a multi-year contract for Phase 4 of the JP2008 project.

In 2007 the Australian government announced that they would fund a sixth Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) under an agreement to access the US satellite communications system. This agreement sought to strengthen the Australian–US alliance and enhance the communication capability of the military by delivering access to the WGS constellation of satellites with their global coverage, increased wideband capacity and operational flexibility. The WGS program directly contributes to the ADF fulfilling the Network Centric Warfare Roadmap aims of becoming a network enabled force by 2016.

The signing of this contract under JP 2008 Phase 3H will expand the use of the WGS system by introducing medium sized WGS-certifiable transportable satellite terminals to ADF land forces – thus allowing earlier use of enhanced satellite communications services in Australia and in key operational areas where commercial satellite resources are limited.

Todd McDonell, CEO of TC Communications said “the signing of this WGS contract validates TC’s expertise and experience in the support of high level satellite communications systems and perfectly complements the support contracts currently held with other sections of Defence for their satellite communications systems. This contract is yet another great example of TC’s ability to deliver all of the required services across a complex satcom system lifecycle”.

About TC Communications:

TC Communications is Australia's award winning, specialist satellite communications company and has been at the forefront of the industry for over 20 years. TC has proven expertise in designing, developing, deploying and supporting a diverse range of communications systems for clients within Australia and SE Asia. With a blue chip client base, TC has always been on the ‘bleeding edge’ of technology and has heavily invested in R&D to ensure the continued design of state of the art solutions that compete on a world stage. Inmarsat, the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications services, recognising the value of this expertise to the region acquired TC Communications on the May 9, 2013. Inmarsat will integrate the company into its existing operations with a particular focus on supporting its expanding Global Government and Enterprise Business Units.

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