MHFCS Fixed Network Nodes (image : Australian DoD)
BRISBANE, Queensland -- Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company [NYSE: BA], has announced that the Modernised High Frequency Communications System (MHFCS) has completed testing and been introduced into service with the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
Australia's Defence Materiel Organisation granted Final System Acceptance on behalf of the Commonwealth of Australia. In a news release issued May 12, the Hon. Greg Combet, Minister of Defence Materiel and Science, said the milestone "represents a significant achievement in the modernisation of Defence's high frequency communications capability.
"The purpose of the HFMod [High Frequency Modernisation] is to provide the ADF with a secure, cost-effective information exchange capability for the command and control of deployed forces as a primary survivable system and as a parallel system to satellite communications," Combet added.
Transmit Building North West Cape in Western Australia (photo : Australian DoD)
Steve Parker, Boeing vice president and general manager for Network & Space Systems – Australia, said, "I am very pleased with Minister Combet's recognition of Boeing's performance on the High Frequency Modernisation project. Since late 2008, Boeing has achieved every milestone on or ahead of schedule, and we remain on track to complete all activities necessary to achieve the formal 'project complete' signoff next month."
Developed under Joint Project 2043, the MHFCS has been independently recognized as the world's most advanced high-frequency communications system due to its levels of automation and performance, long range and clarity, traffic volume and connection speed.
Receive Site building at Morundah in the Riverina, New South Wales (photo : Australian DoD)"The MHFCS automates many of the tasks required to establish and maintain long-range communication channels, giving it the capacity to change high-frequency communications on a global scale," said Steve Hudson, Boeing project manager, High Frequency Modernisation.
Boeing plans to market the MHFCS internationally and is discussing the system with several potential customers.