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Babcock, Lockheed team up for Australian HF communications tender

Australian soldiers conduct radio checks at the Taji Military Complex, Iraq.
Illustration. Photo: Royal Australian Army

Babcock Australasia and Lockheed Martin Australia have signed a collaboration agreement to deliver high frequency (HF) communications to the Australian defense force.

The agreement marks the companies’ partnership in responding to the Commonwealth of Australia’s request for tender for an Enhanced Defence High Frequency Communications System (EDHFCS) under Joint Project 9101.

Babcock Australasia’s Managing Director – Land, Graeme Nayler, said the agreement aligns the companies’ submission with the defense department’s commitment to integration and collaboration, while delivering a robust and agile solution.

“Babcock and Lockheed Martin Australia are working together to partner with defense, building on our track record of trusted delivery to the customer,” he said.

In New Zealand, Babcock was recently awarded the contract to provide enhanced HF radio communications to the New Zealand defense force by 2023 together with a second contract to deliver through-life-support for the twenty years to follow.

“Lockheed Martin Australia’s proven expertise in building, integrating and sustaining advanced technology systems across complex multi-domain platforms fused with Babcock’s global HF communications experience, means we are the natural partner of choice to deliver a capability edge to the ADF,” Lockheed Martin Australia’s rotary and mission systems business development director Neale Prescott.