JP 2072 Phase 1
Prime Contractors: Elbit Systems Limited; Harris and Raytheon via the US Government.
2010/2011 spend: $59 million
This phase of the project seeks to deliver commercial off-the-shelf and military off-the-shelf communications systems that will provide capabilities to meet the high priority gaps identified in the current Battlespace Communications System (LAND) (BCS(L)). In particular the project will acquire the combat radio system in support of the LAND 125 BMS, high capacity data radios in support of the Battlefield Command and Support System, and High Frequency (HF) radios.
Radios and ancillaries will be acquired through government to government arrangements. Integration and installation into platforms (including vehicles and soldiers) will be arranged via separate contracts. Initial support arrangements will be through the radio’s original equipment manufacturers or their Australian based representatives.
The project office, as the prime systems integrator, will define and update the BCS(L) architecture in support of future phases of the project. Project requirements will be clarified through an evolutionary incremental acquisition process.
Deliverables for 2010-2011 include completion of the preliminary design review and detailed design review for the BGC3 and procurement of the radio systems that will enable data and voice tactical information communications.
The IMR has been aligned with Projects LAND 75 and LAND 125 and is based on outfitting a mounted company prior to Exercise Talisman Sabre in August 2011. The system provided for the exercise will include a limited capability which will be further developed during the BGC3 contract.
The highest risks for this project are platform systems integration and introduction into service activities. Competition for space, weight and power in the vehicles is a challenge due to ever increasing requirements to improve effectiveness and safety. The relative small size of the vehicles and increasing numbers of radio transmitters and receivers makes minimising interference a priority.