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A critical maritime satellite communications (SATCOM) project milestone will be achieved when HMAS Parramatta departs Garden Island, NSW.
She is the first of 14 Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships to have an upgraded maritime satellite communications terminals installed.
The Advanced SATCOM Terrestrial Infrastructure System, Maritime Communications Element (MASTIS) terminal upgrade project will provide a major enhancement to the RAN system operations.
The upgraded MASTIS capability is being installed on the Landing Helicopter Dock ships, the ANZAC fleet, the Guided Missile Destroyers and amphibious support ship HMAS Choules.
HMAS Choules, the second ship to be upgraded, will depart Garden Island shortly after Parramatta. The remaining 12 ships will be upgraded during their planned maintenance cycles over the next 12-18 months.
The upgraded terminals will provide increased bandwidth, greater efficiency of Defence satellite capacity and enhanced network interoperability between ships, aircraft and land-based platforms.
As part of the program, the land based MASTIS training facility will be upgraded at North Ryde for RAN training.
BAE Systems Australia Defence Delivery Director Andrew Gresham said:
“The company is a world leader in the development and delivery of bespoke communications technologies including the long-standing support to the MASTIS terminals.
“The sailing of the first ships to receive their MASTIS upgrade is a really important milestone in this program and demonstrates our commitment to collaborating with the Commonwealth to bring timely capability to the fingertips of the end users.
“BAE Systems Australia’s commitment to the sustainment of our Navy fleet goes beyond the vessels themselves.”