Australian Army Choose Command System from Elbit
29 November, 2017
Valued at up to $1.4 billion, the battlefield command system will enhance the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF’s) digital command, control and communications systems
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, and Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the approval the Land 200 Tranche 2 project, which will revolutionise wars fought on the modern battlefield. Valued at up to $1.4 billion, the battlefield command system will enhance the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF’s) digital command, control and communications systems and support hundreds of local jobs. Minister Pyne said Harris Communications Australia would deliver the tactical communications network, including encrypted radios, and Elbit Systems of Australia will enhance the Battle Management System software delivered under Land 200 Tranche 1.
“Together they form the battlefield command system, which allows commanders to plan, monitor, direct and review operations in real time,” Minister Pyne said. Minister Payne said this would change the way the Army fights by continuing its transformation from an analogue voice-and-paper-based force to a modern digital one. “It will improve our land combat and amphibious warfare capabilities by providing fast, accurate combat information over secure and reliable digital communications,” Minister Payne said. “The battlefield command system will integrate with weapon systems in the ADF’s tanks and future combat vehicles, increasing decision speed and the ability to share information across the battlefield.”
Minister Pyne said Harris and Elbit’s Australian workforce will grow as a result of the Turnbull Government’s investment. “Harris’ workforce will increase from 70 to 120 positions in Brisbane and another 15 will be established with their major subcontractor, Boeing Defence Australia,” Minister Pyne said. “Elbit’s Australian workforce to support Land 200 will grow by 70 to 122 jobs, with 67 positions in Brisbane and 55 in Melbourne. “Australian industry involvement is valued at around $215 million for acquisition, and this is expected to nearly double under the sustainment phase.”