18 September 2009
The principal function of HMAS Harman is to provide administrative functions to all Navy personnel located in the Canberra area. The base is commanded by a navy CMDR Rank (photo : NavyAu)
Defence has signed a $94 million contract for the construction of three satellite communications earth terminals that will improve global communications for deployed ADF forces.
Greg Combet, the Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, said the new terminals will be built at the Australian Defence Satellite and Communications Station near Geraldton in Western Australia.
“The completion of the new capability in 2013 will significantly enhance the wideband strategic communications support available to Australian forces overseas,” Mr Combet said.
“This includes those forces on distant deployments in the Middle East and also on operations closer to home in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.”
The contract, awarded to BAE systems, also includes five years of support for the new terminals and an enhanced network management system to enable the terminals to be controlled remotely from HMAS Harman in Canberra.
The new facility will increase the amount of data that will be able to be provided over the Wideband Global Satellite (WGS) System that Australia accesses, through a partnership with the United States Department of Defence.