Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) has been awarded a contract for the delivery of enhanced support services for the Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) Vigilare network centric command and control system.
Awarded by the Australian Department of Defence (DoD), the A$66.7m ($60.45m) multi-year performance-based contract covers delivery of engineering, maintenance, supply and training services, as well as system updates.
Ground Telecommunication Equipment Systems Program Office commanding officer group captain Dean Overend said: ”This contract provides defence with more effective and flexible Vigilare support arrangements, enhancing No. 41 Wing operational outcomes while delivering promised savings to the Australian Government as part of Defence’s Strategic Reform Program.”
BDA Information & Operational Services general manager Bill Madley said: ”The contract ensures that this essential air surveillance and battle management system continues to be cost-effectively maintained and relevant to the Australian Defence Force’s requirements, including the need to be interoperable with a wide range of defence and civil systems.”
Having entered operational service in September 2010, Vigilare serves as backbone of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) air defence surveillance network by delivering enhanced battlefield management capability during support operations and enabling training of air combat officers and air surveillance operators in ground and airborne environments.
Capable of networking information in near real-time from many platforms and sensors to support tactical and strategic surveillance operations, the system also enables interaction with the air force’s E-7A Wedgetail airborne early warning and control (AWACS), Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft, as well as the Royal Australian Navy’s air warfare-capable vessels.
The system currently operates from the Northern Regional Operations Centre and Eastern Regional Operations Centre, which are located at RAAF Bases Tindal, Northern Territory, and Williamtown in New South Wales, respectively.
Image: An Australian air surveillance operator managing communication channels between Air Combat Officers and Air Surveillance Operators. Photo: LAC Mark Friend/© Commonwealth of Australia 2013.