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The Govern­ment of Aus­tralia has ap­proved a A$1.4bn ($1.06bn) project to pro­cure a new bat­tle­field com­mand sys­tem for the na­tion’s army. The sys­tem al­lows com­man­ders to plan, mon­i­tor, di­rect and re­view op­er­a­tions in real time, ac­cord­ing to Aus­tralia Min­is­ter for De­fence In­dus­try Christo­pher Pyne. Un­der the Land 200 Tranche 2 project, El­bit Sys­tems of Aus­tralia will im­prove the bat­tle man­age­ment sys­tem soft­ware de­liv­ered un­der Land 200 Tranche 1. Har­ris Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Aus­tralia has been se­lected to de­liver the tac­ti­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work, including en­crypted ra­dios, as part of the project.

With this project, Har­ris’ Aus­tralian work­force is ex­pected to in­crease by 70 to 120 po­si­tions in Bris­bane and another 15 new po­si­tions will be es­tab­lished by its ma­jor sub­con­trac­tor, Boe­ing De­fence Aus­tralia. El­bit’s Aus­tralian work­force to sup­port Land 200 will grow by 70 to 122, with 67 in Bris­bane and 55 in Mel­bourne. The Aus­tralian in­dus­try is ex­pected to in­vest around $215m in the ac­qui­si­tion, which is ex­pected to nearly dou­ble to around $400m dur­ing project sus­tain­ment.

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