Technology company L3 Oceania is increasing the size of its Brisbane repair centre to better support Defence night vision and communications equipment.
The new centre will be used for maintaining and repairing night fighting technology such as night vision goggles and helmet mounts, laser aiming devices and range finders.
It will also repair satellite communications (SATCOM) systems such as Wideband Terrestrial Terminals, FleetBroadband systems, Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) systems, and Iridium non-secure satellite telephones.
Equipment requiring repairs or with suspected faults is returned from Defence units, evaluated, repaired and returned into service.
L3 said enhancements to the repair service to support maintenance of a wider range of night fighting and SATCOM equipment, increased Australian capability by removing the need to return items to US.
New equipment installed includes a new indoor SATCOM test range incorporating a Quad Band Satellite Simulator (QBSS).
The QBSS allows testing of the SATCOM terminals in C, X, Ku and Ka bands without using an actual satellite, enabling deeper level maintenance and repair work to be performed in-country.
Its first use will be to support the upgrade of the JP 2008 3H Wideband Terrestrial Terminals to include an Advanced Waveform Modem, enabling further network capability for the Australian Defence Force.
This latest development comes at a time of rapid growth for L3 in Australia.
In April, L3 opened a new Defence Design and Engineering Centre in Melbourne, with then Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne praising the company on its ongoing expansion efforts in Australia.
“L3 has been expanding in Australia, growing by 30 per cent since mid-2017. That’s a great vote of confidence in the Turnbull government’s $200 billion investment in capabilities for our Defence forces," the Minister said.
L3 expects to continue its expansion across Australia and is anticipating to grow capabilities in South Australia and Western Australia.
L3 Oceania has its headquarters in Fremantle, WA. The company is a division of US firm L3 Technologies.