Sunday, June 13, 2010

iPad-like Tablet Computers for Australian Military

The Australian Department of Defence has ordered touchscreen tablet computers from Elbit Systems for use by troops. The touchscreen computer, used handheld and mounted in vehicles, has a screen about the size of an i-Pad.

... awarded a contract from the Department of Defence of the Commonwealth of Australia in the amount of approximately $298 million U.S. dollars (approximately $ 331 million Australian dollars) for the supply, integration, installation and support of a Battle Group and Below Command, Control and Communications (BGC3) system for the Australian Army’s Land 75/125 program.

The BGC3 comprises a Battle Management System (BMS) for soldiers, Vehicle Mounted Commanders and Headquarters/Command Post Staff.

This project, to be performed over the next three years, will enable the Australian Army to achieve a major portion of its defence network centric warfare milestone of a networked brigade with cutting edge technology in battle management and communications systems.

The capability will increase the commander’s battlespace awareness,
automate combat messaging and assist in the execution of operations.
Importantly, this capability will significantly reduce the risk of casualties
resulting from friendly fire. This high priority acquisition will assure
improved protection and coordination for Australian Defence Forces personnel,
allowing missions to be carried out more efficiently, safely and effectively. ...

From: "Elbit Systems Awarded $298 Million CONTRACT FOR THE SUPPLY OF command, control and communications system FOR THE AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCES", Elbit Systems Ltd, 15 March 2010

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