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April 3rd, 2014

Optus + Australian Department of Defence—For Ops Support + C&C (MILSATCOM)

[SatNews] Optus has signed a $19.5 million contract with the Australian Department of Defence, extending its current relationship in delivering managed professional satellite services to the Department for four years until mid-2018.

Artistic rendition of the Optus C-1 satellite.
Image is courtesy of Optus.

The new agreement builds upon Optus’ satellite engagement with the Department since the launch of the Optus C1 satellite in 2003. The Department will use its existing satellite payload and capability on C1 to support its Australian and regional operations.The satellite services contract involves command and control of the Optus C1 Defence payload, as well as the provision of professional satellite support services for the Department’s wider satellite capability.

The C1 satellite was jointly funded by Optus and the Australian Department of Defence, and, at the time, was the largest hybrid communications and military satellite launched. It is controlled from Optus’ Sydney-based satellite Earth station.

For further information regarding Optus, please visit http://www.optus.com.au/