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Boeing reaches milestone in work for Australian Defence Force

Yesterday, Boeing Defence Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, announced the successful introduction into service of its Modernized High Frequency Communication System (MHFCS) for Australian Defence Force (ADF) operations.

The MHFCS provides the ADF with a communication system to securely transmit voice and data services such as e-mail, facsimiles and Web browsing for remote stations where traditional telephone services are limited or unavailable. It is considered the world’s most advanced strategic HF communications network because of its automation levels, range and clarity, traffic volume and connection speed.

MHFCS was delivered in two phases: the core system and the final system. The core system, delivered in 2004, replaced three of the ADF’s aging HF communications systems with a single integrated system consisting of four HF radio stations and two purpose-built control centers — one primary center and one backup. The recently delivered final system provides greater levels of automation, performance and capability for ADF users, including two generic mobile upgrade systems — one land-and-sea component and one air platforms component.

“Boeing’s MHFCS team has built and delivered the most advanced high frequency system in the world, ” said vice president and general manager of Boeing C3 Networks Nan Bouchard. “This is an outstanding achievement and a true indication of Boeing’s commitment to developing advanced technology solutions globally for our customers.”

“With international markets already showing interest in the system, MHFCS has the capacity to change HF communications globally, ” said Steve Parker, vice president and general manager of Boeing Network and Space Systems — Australia. “It can provide nations with the highest level of global connectivity while, for the first time, maintaining their national sovereignty and information security.”

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