TASnet: A safer, better way to train at critical ADF ranges
The Directorate of Operations and Training Area Management (DOTAM) within Security and Estate Group (SEG) manage Defence Training Areas for military exercises and training on behalf of Defence.
Most major Training Areas are equipped with Standard Training Area Range Safety Network (STARSN) communications system that enable Range Control to safely manage the conduct of military training, as well as other vital functions like the coordination of medical evacuations.
The current STARSN system operates on 25 different Training Areas across Australia and is at the end of its service life.
What Downer did
In 2017, Defence engaged Downer Professional Services (DPS) to manage the upgrade to the current STARSN system across Australia.
DPS has provided a Project Management Office (PMO) consisting of telecommunications, systems engineers as well as program, logistics and commercial managers and through a process of co-design, proposed the next-generation range safety system Training Area Safety Network (TASNet).
The Australian Singapore Military Training Initiative (ASMTI) will establish a new Training Area near the Queensland town of Greenvale and expand SWBTA. TASNet will also be installed at these new areas.
This new capability will seamlessly integrate radio systems and integrate functions of Air Coordination Net (CAN), Umpire Network (UMPNET) and Ranger Net into the one platform so that Defence range personnel will benefit from clearer communications, real time position information and tracking to increase range safety for Defence staff and visitors alike.
TASNet was designed, tested and approved and is being implemented across 29 Defence Training Areas and Establishments across Australia between 2021 and 2023 without any disruptions to training activities.
Downer’s PMO Team is delivering the install and subsequent capability sustainment activities.
DOTAM has highly commended the team for their performance on the project to date.