C4 EDGE battlegroup and below prototype demonstrations to Army Headquarters have  continued with partners Codan Communications and Penten performing a secure Beyond Line-of-Sight (BLOS) skywave communication exercise across a distance of approximately 330km, between the Majura Field Firing Training Range in the ACT and Bourke Hill in Dubbo, NSW. Codan’s Sentry-H 6120-BM Transceiver combined with Penten’s Helix encrypted communication suite provided digital voice, messaging, and frequency hopping over a skywave (an ionospheric propagation path). HF is recognised as the only viable form of long-range communications that can operate independently of infrastructure.

Paul Sangster, CEO for Codan Communications said, “I am delighted with the outcomes of this opportunity to demonstrate the HF Skywave capabilities of Codan Sentry-H HF Transceivers to the Australian Army under the auspices of the C4 EDGE program. This has led to Army becoming more aware of Codan’s sovereign industry capabilities in HF communications and we believe will lead to a deepening of the relationship between Codan and Army.”

Matt Jones, CEO for EOS Defence Systems Australia said, “It is exciting to see this Beyond Line-of-Sight communications test successfully carried out today. Australia has two of the world’s best HF radio manufactures and C4 EDGE’s investment in upgrading their technology to a new level of security and integration can only result in more sales locally and internationally.”

Additional high assurance cryptographic capability will be integrated into the Codan Sentry-H HF Transceivers in 2022. C4 EDGE, sponsored by Australian Army, is a collaborative industry program demonstrating local industry’s ability to provide critical communications solutions for the land domain. Launched in 2019, C4 EDGE led by prime contractor EOS Defence Systems has grown to include 30 Australian-owned and operated SMEs.

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