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Jack Richardson

Barrett Communications is one of sixteen Australian companies who have joined Team C4 EDGE (Evolutionary Digital Ground Environment). This is to scope the development of a sovereign land battlegroup and below communications environment for the Australian Army. The programme will leverage internationally agreed open standards to grow and demonstrate Australian Command, Control, Communications and Computing (C4) Industry capacity and capability to deliver a battlegroup and below C4 capability.

Ultimately, by the end of 2021, the programme will have delivered a proof of concept demonstrator that shows the capability of Australian Industry to further develop a protected, integrated and supportable sovereign system that delivers agile and resilient Command and Control functionality to meet the flexible, scalable and interoperability needs of a battle group operating independently or with partners.

Team C4 EDGE intends to deliver a demonstration of Australian industry capability in late 2021, subject to Army approval of the next phase, offering Australian C4 technology which may include:

  • Mounted and dismounted radio-frequency bearer systems
  • Force tracking
  • Battle application environment
  • Network planning and management
  • Data distribution systems
  • Sovereign cryptography
  • Sovereign waveform

In June 2020, EOS Defence Systems signed an AUD$4.2m contract with the Commonwealth to act as the Lead Contractor for team C4 EDGE delivery of Phase 1, over the period June to September 2020.

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Phase One will design and define the demonstration system, establish the essential accreditation architecture and processes necessary to deliver an “accreditable by design” demonstration capability and associated industry development plans.

Team C4 EDGE Statistics:

  • C4 EDGE is represented in 6 Australian States and 1 Territory
  • 16 Australian C4 Subject Matter Expert companies
  • 975 employees
  • Approx AUD$616m annual gross turnover
  • Approx AUD$408m in annual global exports

Team C4 EDGE invites Australian C4 companies that can meet the participation guidelines at Attachment 1 to contact C4 EDGE, in which Barrett Communications is a participant, about taking part in the future phase of the programme.