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Defence orders for electronics industry

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MONDAY, AUGUST 20, 1979. NO. 171/79


Orders totalling $9m have been placed with the

Australian electronics industry for the supply of high

frequency communications equipment for the Defence -Force,

the Minister for Defence, Mr D.J. Killen, announced today.

Major contractors would be Amalgamated

Wireless (Australasia) Ltd. ( AWA)t of North Ryde, NSW} and

Rockwell-Collins (Australasia)^of Lilydale, Victoria.

Manufacture of the equipment to modern design

for the Defence Force would enhance Australian capabilities and

would contribute to self-sufficiency in the HF communications

field. Additional employment of skilled labour in industry

and export sales would also result from the orders. .

HF communications were of long-term interest to the

Defence Force because of the problems of distance and

geography in Australia.

There was also a resurgence of interest overseas

in the use of HF communications as a back-up to more recently

developed systems such as satellites.

AWA would supply and install 10 kilowatt and 40

kilowatt transmitters and receivers to its own design, and

refurbish Navy-owned 10 kilowatt transmitters.

Rockwell-Collins would supply 10 kilowatt transmitters

to Army from its Lilydale plant.

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This company would offset the supply of substantially

imported one kilowatt transmitters and receivers by exporting

10 kilowatt units for world-wide distribution.

■ Mr Killen said that supply of the equipment would

be a significant step in providing more effective communications

for the Defence Force. Capabilities for message traffic and

data transmission would be increased.

The first equipment was expected to come into

service in early 1981, with the remainder of the order

completed within the following 12 months.

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Further Inquiries; Mr Frank Doak 65 2999 (office hours) 88 1112 (after hours)