17 SMEs take up army communications task

Seventeen Australian companies have joined the C4 EDGE (Evolutionary Digital Ground Environment) Communications Programme which will develop a sovereign land communications environment for the Australian Army.

Initially the group will develop and demonstrate by the end of 2021 a new communications system to be used at the level of the battlegroup and below.

The C4 EDGE programme will grow and demonstrate Australian C4 (command control communications and computers) industry capacity and ability to deliver a proof of concept demonstration.

At an event held in Canberra yesterday to Team C4 Edge, a group of Canberra based companies were officially welcomed by Senator Zed Seselja (ACT) and EOS Defence Systems CEO Grant Sanderson.

EOS Defence is the defence arm of space, defence and communications group Electro Optic Systems Holdings.

The ACT based companies were 1LM, Insitec, Kord Defence, Outlander Solutions, Penten, SkyKraft and Xtek.

They are part of a wider 17-member group from all Australian states.

Sanderson said: “The C4 EDGE programme is an innovative and creative initiative from the Australian Government and Army that demonstrates their commitment to improved Australian Industry engagement and opportunity.

“EOS feels very privileged to have the opportunity to lead this activity and help industry present their capabilities”

Team members based in other states will be officially welcomed during a series of locally-arranged events and announcements next week.

Picture: Electro Optic Systems/dsdmip.qld.gov.au/EM Solutions

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