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BAE SYSTEMS completes production of satellite communications systems for the Australian defence force

25 Sep 2002

BAE Systems Australia has completed production of twelve second-generation tri-band Satellite communications Terminal Assemblages (STAs) for the Australian Defence Force (ADF), as well as the upgrade of 18 STAs provided under an earlier contract to the same standard.

The STA is part of BAE Systems tactical trunk communications system called PARAKEET which supports the operations of remotely deployed units by providing a comprehensive, secure and highly mobile, tactical satellite & trunk communications infrastructure.

Developed by BAE Systems for the Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force, PARAKEET can operate across vast distances with limited physical and human resources.

PARAKEET is effectively a mobile, modern electronic office. The STA provides the means of interfacing a range of communications features including facsimile, telephone, data and messaging for the military subscriber.

The second generation STA provides the ADF with a substantial increase in data transmission capacity - up to eight times more. The ability to operate in the military X band and commercial C band frequencies was also added to improve flexibility to operate with other defence forces and international satellite systems.

Significant changes were also made to enhance the STA's capability to be deployed to areas of extreme temperature range and to incorporate an automatic satellite tracking capability.

"BAE Systems managed the incorporation of these additional enhancements without detriment to the original delivery schedule," said Mr Andy Makin, C3I Domain Manager, BAE Systems Australia.

"Australian service men and women rely on BAE Systems to provide them with reliable, leading edge systems and technologies that contribute to their success and security in the full spectrum of military operations, so we are proud to have been responsible for this significant capability enhancement for the ADF."

"BAE Systems' PARAKEET project team can be proud of their efforts in the completion of the STA program," said Mr Grahame McKinnon, Project Director PARAKEET, Australian Department of Defence. "Their professionalism, hard work, flexibility and teamwork have been instrumental in ensuring that this activity was successful."

"Experience gained through years of pioneering development on the PARAKEET STAs places BAE Systems in a unique position to market our systems as quality, low risk contenders for several major opportunities in both the United States and United Kingdom," said Andy Makin.

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