Radio communications systems for the Fijian Army upgraded

Ten refurbished Bushmaster transport vehicles for the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) have been running for more than 12 months with radio systems provided by Barrett Communications. 

Fiji’s reconditioned armoured troop-carrying vehicles were acquired from Australia and are used by the RFMF for peacekeeping missions. Eight armored vehicles were deployed in the Middle East as part of the service’s annual rotation for a UN mission. The remaining vehicles were delivered to Fiji to be used as local assets.

Barrett provided its PRC-2090 high-frequency (HF) and PRC-2080+ very-high-frequency (VHF) mobile communication systems.

Thales bought and installed the Barrett mobile radio systems in the vehicles and integrated them with the Thales Sotas Intercom system to provide a complete solution for the RFMF. The companies provided a one-week training course on the systems for 12 RFMF personnel when the vehicles arrived in Fiji.

Barrett Communications operations manager Ben Jackson was heavily involved in the project.

“Inside the vehicle is an intercom system so each of the team members inside the vehicle can communicate with each other and the Barrett equipment is interfaced into their intercom system. Depending on what radio selection each of the operators selects, they can transmit that on  either the VHF or the HF.

Barrett’s systems were combined with the Thales Sotas Intercom to provide long-distance HF and line-of-sight VHF communications for command vehicle operators using the intercom headset.