XTEK Wins Contract to Leverage Actionable Intelligence in C4 EDGE Collaboration
XTEK announced its inclusion in the next phase of the Command Control Communications and Computers – Evolutionary Digital Ground Environment (C4 EDGE) Program. This an all-Australian industry consortium demonstrating a sovereign Battlegroup and Below Battlefield Command System (BG-BCS). Under the A$34.4 million contract awarded to the program’s prime contractor, XTEK has secured a contract for the C4 EDGE Program worth about A$1 million. As part of the program, XTEK will provide airborne, CBRNE and geo-spatial capability utilising existing product lines alongside new technical development. XTEK is collaborating with 18 other small and medium Australian SMEs for a deliverable to the Australian Army.
XTEK joins 17 other companies led by EOS Defence Systems in the next phases of the C4 EDGE Program, scoping the development of a sovereign land battlegroup and C4 environment for the Australian Army. Remaining phases of the program involve the design, development and manufacturing of a tactical military communications prototype, with intention to deliver by end of 2021.This strategic collaboration provides XTEK the opportunity to leverage unique capabilities of XTatlas and enhance the situational awareness of select frontline soldiers.
Philippe Odouard, XTEK managing director, said “we are excited to be contributing our technology and knowledge to this Australian collaboration. C4 EDGE provides XTEK with the opportunity to further leverage the benefits of our home-grown XTatlas technology, along with other sub-systems and technology from distinguished Australian based partners. The potential to utilise XTatlas to enable a small unmanned aerial systems vehicle to locate, track and communicate targets to a remote weapon system is one of the many exciting aspects of this program.”
XTEK will leverage its proprietary XTatlas software, that currently focuses on geospatial situational awareness from sensor feeds including SUAS video and meta data. XTEK plans to incorporate other sensor data, including XTEK’s own SARBI (Sensor and Radiation Broadband Interface) to enhance the situational awareness of assets, with sensors able to be worn by a soldier or interfaced to manned (or unmanned) systems. Under the C4 EDGE Program, XTEK proposes to publish XTatlas data to select soldiers in the frontline. In addition, XTEK also expects to further develop and optimise other aspects of its actionable intelligence software capability in line with the requirements of the C4 EDGE Program.