Equipping Defence

High Frequency Modernisation

High Frequency Modernisation
Project Number:
JP 2043 Phase 3A
Service:
Royal Australian Navy
Sector:
Maritime

Project description

The JP 2043 Phase 3A project provides for the procurement of a Defence High Frequency (HF) Communications System (DHFCS) for Defence long-range communications. The Fixed Network component comprises four HF stations in the Riverina, Townsville, Darwin and North West Cape areas together with primary and backup Network Management Facilities in Canberra.

The project was also to provide upgrades to selected Australian Defence Force (ADF) sea, land and air mobile platforms to make them compatible with the capabilities of the network. As a result of the May 2012 Budget decisions, no further mobile platform upgrades will be undertaken under JP 2043 Phase 3A.

The Fixed Network capability has been provided in two major stages, Core and Final. The Core System replaced the prior Navy and Air Force HF systems from November 2004 with the Final System taking over support to ADF operations since October 2009. The Signal Improvement (Nullarbor) capability will continue as programmed along with work to address obsolescence issues resulting from delays to delivery of the Final System.

Deliverable Original Planned Achieved / Forecast Notes

Project Year of Commencement

Aug 1996

Initial Materiel Release (IMR)

N/A Nov 2004

Initial Operational Capability (IOC)

May 2004 Oct 2009

Contractor delays with software development and system instability. Deferral of operational capability.

Final Materiel Release (FMR)

Feb 2016 Jun 2017

The forecast FMR is based upon the current MAA and remains subject to negotiations and date of contract commencement.

Final Operational Capability (FOC)

May 2005 Jul 2017

Delays in IOC led to consequent delays in FOC. The forecast FOC is based upon the current MAA and remains subject to negotiations and date of contract commencement.

Content is current as at June 017 and will be updated annually.

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