Defence awards comms contract

The Australian Defence Force today awarded a $13 million contract to Marconi Australia to supply high-tech radios to the Army.

Defence Minister Robert Hill said the company would provide about 6000 hand-held personal radios for soldiers in the five regular infantry battalions, the School of Infantry, cavalry reconnaissance scouts and the Combat Training Centre.

The contract is part of a $35 million package of equipment for the Army.

Senator Hill said the radios, which were selected after a lengthy evaluation process and field tested by 3 Battalion RAR, will improve communications between soldiers.

The radios will be delivered early this year.

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