Enhancing the future from a strong foundation

Boeing Defence Australia can deliver a world-leading and low-risk solution for Project Phoenix that enhances the Defence High Frequency Communications System (DHFCS) to meet the evolving information exchange requirements of its users to 2040 and beyond.

Boeing Defence Australia designed, built, delivered and sustains Australia’s current DHFCS and will bring decades of experience to Project Phoenix to deliver greater capability certainty to the Commonwealth of Australia through a flexible, scalable and resilient solution with lower risk in transition.


Boeing leverages its unrivalled knowledge of high frequency effects deployed from Australia and the Southern hemisphere to deliver a world-wide, resilient and scalable communications capability with increased capacity and automation, and flexibility to insert emerging technologies.


Through proven experience Boeing’s DHFCS team, including its Australian technology partners, will deliver low-risk, smart capability growth through an evolution roadmap that is realistic and innovative.


Boeing, and its technology partner BAE Systems Australia, will harness the best of Australia’s Defence industry to provide capability assurance and sovereignty through a robust Australian industry program. Almost 90% of Boeing solution for Project Phoenix represents Australian Industry Capability.


Boeing is partnering with BAE Systems Australia to offer unmatched HF experience and bring the best of Australia's defence industry to ensure the enhanced DHFCS remains sovereign and self-sufficient, and create enduring opportunities for Australian business to contribute and grow capability.

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  • Built in system redundancy
  • Nodes used based on availability and quality
  • Communications redundancy when satellites denied or degraded
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Highly Automated
  • Ongoing upgrades to reduce manual intervention
  • Automatic node selection
  • Automatic information exchange
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  • Recognised as a world-leading capability
  • Vital strategic asset
  • Significant investment by Boeing and Commonwealth of Australia
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  • Designed and built in Australia
  • Sustained and upgraded in Australia
  • Local self-sufficiency
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System Evolution
  • Upgrades to incorporate latest technology
  • Signal improvement upgrade complete
  • VoIP upgrade complete
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Reduced Sustainment Costs
  • Software-based technology
  • Reduction in hardware
  • Increased automation


Defence High Frequency Communications System reaches a decade of service

Watch this video to see DHFCS’ evolution from disaggregate circuit-based manual systems to a highly automated, sophisticated voice, data and email communication capability.