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$665m battlefield communication contract signed
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$665m battlefield communication contract signed

Anthony Willis DLA Piper

A new battlefield communications network is being developed to replace ageing systems for the Department of Defence.

Firms: DLA Piper (Commonwealth Department of Defence); in-house counsel (Boeing Defence Australia)

Deal: The Commonwealth Department of Defence made a $665 million military communications network upgrade contract with Boeing Defence Australia.

Value: $665 million

Area: Contract

Key players: Anthony Willis (pictured) led the DLA Piper team and was supported by Gavan Mackenzie. Caroline Atkins, Sharon Rowe, Anna Macfarlane, Alice Bolt and Brodie Williams also contributed.

Deal significance: The contract between the Department of Defence and Boeing Defence Australia is for a new battlefield communications network as part of Project LAND 2072 Phase 2B.

The Department of Defence will replace ageing mobile communication systems and computer networks with a modern, digital communications system.

The new system will be designed and developed by Boeing to support the deployment of operational headquarters and enable access to strategic networks.

Mr Willis said: “The signature of this contract follows a long and detailed process, and represents a significant milestone in achieving a critical upgrade to the army's battlespace communications network.”

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