The Smart GVA display is an Australian first, designed and manufactured by APC in Adelaide, South Australia. The product is part of the company’s commitment to the C4 EDGE program.
The product is part of the company’s commitment to the C4 EDGE (Evolutionary Digital Ground Environment) program. APC will deliver three prototypes in July 2021 as part of the program.
C4 EDGE plans to deliver a proof-of-concept demonstration by the end of 2021 that shows the capability of Australian industry to further develop a protected, integrated and supportable sovereign system for land battlegroup and communication environments.
The 10.4” smart display is an ultra-rugged smart display capable of hosting C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) application for tactical and combat vehicles.
Designed to process data rich information in real-time, the unit has been engineered to share common CPU and I/Os and is built on a modular system to enable integration with a range of display sizes.
Scott Begbie, Managing Director of APC Technology commented on the development of the GVA smart display:
“We have a proven track record in the supply of tactical displays within the defence sector. This experience has enabled us to design and manufacture a GVA display which aligns with the Commonwealth’s SICP plan for land combat and protected vehicles.”
“We are the first Australian company who can supply a GVA smart display that is designed and built onshore.”
“C4 EDGE is a defence industry cooperative 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.
Matthew Jones GM Land C4I of EOS Defence Systems, and lead of the C4 EDGE project said:
“The C4 EDGE team is rapidly moving towards meeting our goal of a proof-of-concept by the end of this year. APC is an invaluable partner of our 20-strong team whose sole aim is to help build a better Australian C4 battlegroup and below solution for the Australian soldier.”
What is GVA architecture
The GVA approach is based on established Systems Engineering principles to define a generic architecture that requires open implementation standards to support cost effective integration of sub-systems on land platforms (electronically, electrically and physically). GVA is an integral part of the Land Open System Architecture (LOSA) which aims to enable soldiers, vehicles, and bases to work better together thereby increasing operational effectiveness and reducing the systems of systems through life costs.
The defence industry capability plan
Australian Defence is committed to delivering a stronger defence industry, including supporting Australia's SMEs, to provide and deliver critical capabilities to Defence. The Defence capability, implementation and industry plans support major Defence capability projects and sustainment activities. The 2018 Defence Industrial Capability Plan outlined the Government’s long-term vision to build and develop a robust, resilient and internationally competitive Australian Defence industrial base that is better able to help meet Defence capability requirements.
The Defence Industrial Capability Plan introduced ten initial Sovereign Industrial Capability Priorities (the Priorities), and noted Defence would develop Implementation Plans for each Priority. These Implementation Plans outline critical industrial capabilities for each Priority, describe the existing Australian defence industry sector and outline the actions to be taken by Government to support the development of each Priority.