Barrett Communications Joins Australia’s C4 EDGE Communications Program

19.08.2020 North America
Barrett Communications Joins Australia’s C4 EDGE Communications Program

Barrett Communications Joins Australia’s C4 EDGE Communications Program

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Barrett Communications is one of sixteen Australian companies who have joined Team C4 EDGE (Evolutionary Digital Ground Environment), to scope the development of a sovereign land battlegroup and below communications environment for the Australian Army.

The program will leverage internationally agreed open standards to grow and demonstrate Australian C4 Industry capacity and capability to deliver a battlegroup and below C4 capability.

Ultimately, by the end of 2021 the program 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: one that delivers agile and resilient C2 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 (Command Control Communications and Computing) 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 a AUD$ 4.2 million contract with the Commonwealth to act as the Lead Contractor for team C4 EDGE delivery of Phase 1, over the period June-September 2020.

 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 $616 million of annual gross turnover
  • Approx $408 million in annual global exports

 Barrett Communications is a participant in the C4 EDGE Team. Headquartered in Western Australia, Mr. Andrew Burt, Chief Executive Officer of Barrett Communications said: “Barrett Communications specializes in the design and manufacture of HF SSB and VHF radio communications equipment for tactical and strategic infrastructure.  Barrett is excited to be a participant in the C4 EDGE Team bringing the inherent capability of Australian Industry together to provide defense a truly sovereign communications capability for the future.”

 Barrett Communications is the specialist Australian designer and manufacturer of commercial and tactical HF and VHF radio communication systems.

 The company’s global distribution to over 150 countries and customer support network in over 65 countries allows it to provide both OTS and turnkey network solutions to meet their clients’ exact requirements.

 Since 1976 Barrett Communications has provided HF communications solutions to military, government, security, business and Non-Government organizations around the world.



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