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Babcock provisionally selected for high-frequency comms program

The global aerospace and defence contractor is set to support the ADF’s high-frequency communications capability over the next decade.  

The global aerospace and defence contractor is set to support the ADF’s high-frequency communications capability over the next decade.  

Babcock International has been selected by the Commonwealth government as the preferred tenderer to upgrade and sustain the Defence High Frequency Communication System (DHFCS) over the next 10 years.  

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As part of the deal – which includes four options to extend the contract for two-year intervals – Babcock Australasia will work alongside Lockheed Martin Australia and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to enhance long-range communications capability for Australia’s land, sea and air assets.

Babcock is expected to leverage its experience supporting DHFC systems in the United Kingdom and New Zealand.

The company will now commence consultation with industry ahead of a final Australian government decision and its receipt of a formal contract award.

David Lockwood, chief executive of Babcock International welcomed the government’s decision, which he said would support the company’s commitment to expanding its footprint in Australia.  

“Babcock has a strategic and expanding role in providing these critical services to three of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance partners, where interoperability and interchangeability are becoming vital,” he said.

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“This selection reinforces confidence in our ability to grow our defence business in target international markets, and to build on Babcock’s capability in digital defence, an area of increasing importance to our global customers.

 “Fit for today and ready for tomorrow, our collaborative approach will deliver a secure, resilient and advanced high-frequency communications solution for the ADF.”

[Related: Babcock Australasia partners with ICW Australia ]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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