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Australian navy to overhaul IT equipment

08 April 2019
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The IT equipment used on Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ships will receive a major overhaul worth about AUD600 million (USD429 million), Australian Defence Minister Christopher Pyne and Defence Industry Minister Linda Reynolds announced on 9 April.

The government plans to strengthen the RAN’s computer networks by modernising the current Fleet Information Environment (FIE), which has supported the navy’s deployed computer network requirements for over a decade.

“The FIE consists of both classified and unclassified computer networks, which are used throughout the fleet,” said Pyne, adding that these networks can exchange information within the ship or externally using radio and satellite connections.

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