C4 EDGE welcomes West Australian HF SSB and VHF radio communications equipment designer and manufacturer, Barrett Communications, and Tasmanian radio frequency antenna designer and manufacturer, CBG Systems, to the team.
C4 EDGE (Evolutionary Digital Ground Environment) is a defence industry co-operative of C4 subject matter experts leading a communications program scoping the demonstration of a sovereign land battlegroup and below communications environment for the Australian Army.
The C4 EDGE program will leverage internationally agreed open standards to grow and demonstrate Australian C4 (command, control, communications and computers) industry capacity and ability to deliver a battlegroup and below C4 capability demonstration.
Andrew Burt, CEO of Barrett Communications, said, "Barrett are excited to be a participant in the C4 EDGE Team bringing the inherent capability of Australian industry together to provide Defence a truly sovereign communications capability for the future."
Ultimately, by the end of 2021 the program will have delivered a proof of concept demonstration that shows the capability of Australian industry to further develop a protected, integrated and supportable sovereign system: one that delivers agile and resilient C2 functionality to meet the flexible, scalable and interoperability needs of a battlegroup operating independently or with partners.
"We are very pleased to be involved in this collaboration of leading Australian advanced manufacturing companies. It represents a unique opportunity to showcase Australia’s sovereign capability in the development of evolutionary communications environments," said Javier Herbon, CEO of CBG Systems.
Adrian Neville, program manager at CBG Systems, added, "The knowledge and experience gained in over 40 years of manufacturing Moonraker antenna systems, combined with our development, prototyping and manufacturing capability, allows CBG Systems to significantly contribute to the success of the C4 EDGE program."
Barrett Communications and CBG Systems join Victoria partner Tectonica Australia, Queensland partner EM Solutions, NSW partners GME and 3ME Technology, and ACT partners 1LM, EOS Defence Systems, Insitec, Kord Defence, Outlander Solutions, Penten, Skykraft, and XTEK.
Established in 1976, Barrett Communications designs, manufactures and markets HF and VHF radio equipment for specialised, autonomous, medium and long distance radio communications.
HF and VHF radio communications is "free to air"; having no recurring usage charges once the communications network has been installed.
CBG Systems has been operating in the defence, marine and communications sectors for nearly 40 years.
CBG specialises in the design and manufacture of leading-edge structural fire protection systems, thermal signature management and Moonraker antenna systems for global defence, commercial and recreational markets.