Babcock International has been selected by the Australian Government to upgrade and sustain the Defense High-Frequency Communication System (DHFCS) to support the Australian armed forces over the next 10 years, with a further four extension options, each of two years.
Babcock Australasia will collaborate with Lockheed Martin Australia and the Australian Defense Force (ADF) to deliver an upgraded system that provides effective long-range communications capability for Australia’s land, sea and air assets. The result is a robust sovereign solution that provides the ADF with a performance edge across its operations.
Building on Babcock’s proven Defense High Frequency Communications experience in the U.K. and New Zealand, this contract cements the company’s long term commitment to Australia and underpins its strategic aim of developing its presence in its target markets. It also reinforces the company’s core capabilities in delivering technology-led, cutting-edge solutions to support complex electronic defense programs.
David Lockwood, Chief Executive, Babcock International, said, “I am absolutely delighted that we have been selected as preferred tenderer for this internationally significant capability program for the Australian Government. 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.
“This selection reinforces confidence in our ability to grow our defense business in target international markets, and to build on Babcock’s capability in digital defense, 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.”
Babcock will now enter a period of commercial discussions, and pending a final Australian Government decision, will achieve formal contract award.