Australia has awarded Thales a contract to extend support for the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) next-generation internet protocol-based maritime tactical wide area network (MTWAN).
Under the agreement, the company will continue works associated with the SEA 1442 Phase 3 program focused on the integration of an IP-based digital environment that links existing systems of the navy.
“We’ve actively supported the RAN for the last 12 years with the MTWAN system, ensuring this critical capability delivers the security and reliability the RAN requires on operation,” Thales Australia & New Zealand Digital Systems Vice President Peter Bull said.
“We’re proud the Commonwealth has shown confidence in its partnership with Thales Australia by extending this MTWAN support contract even further.”
Demonstration of Expertise
According to Thales, the participation of local engineers contributed to making the SEA 1442 Phase 3 contract extension possible.
“The contract extension is testament to the Thales Australia team’s deep technical know-how delivered by experienced and highly capable Australian-based engineers located at Thales’s Secure Communications Centre of Excellence at Rydalmere in Western Sydney,” a company statemen said.
Related Works for MTWAN
The MTWAN development involved baseline upgrades that support the evolving bandwidth demands of deployed forces, the growing number of servers, and cybersecurity at sea.
Additional efforts included the integration of supplemental commercial and military satellite communication systems, joint domain networks, and bandwidth enhancement capabilities.