CANBERRA, Australia (BulgarianMilitary.com) – On 28 September, the Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne together with Deputy Prime Minister and Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Minister, Michael McCormack, visited the Army Recruit Training Centre in Kapooka, New South Wales (NSW). There, they officially marked the beginning of the building of a new Defense Satellite Ground Station, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
According to the published by Minister Pyne media release, the JP2008 Phase 5B2 Wideband Satellite Capability Satellite Ground Station – East Facilities Project includes the acquisition and the maintenance of a new Satellite Ground Station in the East (SGS-E) of Australia as well as the provision with a Wideband SATCOM Network Management System (NMS), delivered by Northrop Grumman Australia and Viasat. It is part of the broader Joint Project 2008 Military Satellite Communications which, according to Minister Pyne’s words, will provide not only a range of strategic and tactical satellite communications capabilities to the Australian Defense Forces but also jobs for the local people, during the construction phase. He also added, that the new facility will ensure to the ADF an end-to-end communications service which is “consistent with the operational need for network enabled operations.”
The new Defense Satellite Ground Station, which is planned to be completed in 2021 and amounts to $24 million, will ensure to the visible from mainland Australia, Wideband Global Satellites, site and frequency redundancy. It will also deliver to the Australian Defense Forces holistic satellite communications network management and situational awareness capability, enabling them to access a range of commercial communications satellite services as well as military communications satellites such as the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) constellation.
Speaking on the topic, Minister McCormack said, “I’m pleased to be at Kapooka – The Home of the Soldier – today with representatives from the project’s contractors, Northrop Grumman Australia and Viasat, for this ground-breaking activity which will provide flexibility to the Australian Defence Force (ADF) wideband beyond line-of-sight communications.”
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Sources: Australian Department of Defense/ Minister.defence.gov.au