Cubic Corporation has announced it will conduct maintenance repair and overhaul services for the Defence High Frequency Communications System (DHFCS) in Townsville after signing a contract with Boeing Defence Australia.
Cubic Global Defense's Australian operations made the agreement with Boeing, and the company said the deal highlighted Cubic's commitment to Townsville, as well as capitalising on its "specialised skills and expertise in the provision of maintenance and repair of equipment supporting high frequency (HF) stations".
“The new depot capability in Townsville is the only Cubic repair depot for this equipment in the world, outside of Cubic’s headquarters in San Diego, California,” said Mark Horn, director of business development, Cubic Defence Australia.
“The repair capability includes staff training in San Diego, acquisition of specialist support and test equipment, as well as facility upgrades at the Townsville depot.”
The DHFCS is used by the Australian Defence Force to provide "survivable, reliable, wide-area strategic and tactical high frequency communications over Australia and offshore", with Townsville one of five locations around the country to host the system.
The system was designed, installed and commissioned by Boeing Defence Australia in 2004, with further enhancements being delivered by the company since then, including an 8-kilowatt transmitter system upgrade.
“Boeing is continually looking at how we can improve our support for what is a world-leading and cost-effective information exchange capability for the Australian Defence Force,” said Boeing Defence Australia program manager for HF communications Nicole Harrow.
“Our new partnership with Cubic enables us to move this maintenance activity to Australia, rapidly improving the turn-around time on repairs and reducing the potential impact of any downtime.”
Cubic supplied 8-kilowatt HF transmitters in 2015 to Boeing, with its Townsville-based staff heavily involved in the manufacture, test and acceptance and onsite training for the systems.