Contract signed for Army air-defence radars

Defence has signed a multi-million dollar contract with Canberra-based CEA Technologies Pty Ltd to supply Army’s new short-range ground-based air-defence capability.

FILE IMAGE: An artist’s impression of a 16th Air Land Regiment NASAMS emplacement, incorporating CEA Technologies’ short-range, vehicle-mounted air-defence radar. Raytheon concept image.

The $137 million contract will provide advanced radars as part of the air defence system to protect deployed forces from sophisticated air threats.

Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said this new air-defence capability would combine world-leading Australian radar technology with a highly effective air-defence system that would protect Australian service men and women from future airborne threats.

“I congratulate CEA for adapting these radars from those already in service with the Royal Australian Navy, confirming their reputation as an agile, innovative company and a key strategic partner for Defence,” Senator Reynolds said.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said CEA was already a recognised success story for Australian industry.

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“Integration of these radars into existing air-defence technology is a significant step in establishing Australian industry as a leading exporter of defence technology,” Minister Price said.

“This contract with CEA will support 45 jobs in Canberra and Adelaide and demonstrates the company’s ongoing success after securing a $90 million loan through the government’s Defence Export Facility.”

The vehicle-mounted radars will be delivered in long- and short-range variants, with the short-range variant to be mounted on the Australian-developed Thales Hawkei vehicle.

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