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
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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