JATTS cracker-contract to deliver real (and virtual) air enemy

Defence recently signed a $330 million dollar contract with Raytheon Australia to deliver Joint Adversarial Training and Testing Services (JATTS) to the Australian Defence Force for the next eight years.

Two Lear Jets (now LearJATTS?), based in Nowra, NSW, used as air targets and opposing forces for ADF training and exercises. Photo by Brian Hartigan.CAPTIONS: Two Lear Jets (now LearJATTS?), based in Nowra, NSW, used as air targets and opposing forces for ADF training and exercises. Photos by Brian Hartigan.

The JATTS contract consolidates three existing contracts that form the ability to support ADF exercises with ‘enemy’ airborne-force aircraft, aerial targets and electronic warfare capabilities across a range of ADF platforms including:

  • RAAF’s Joint Strike Fighter, Super Hornet, Growler, Wedgetail capabilities and ground-based aircraft control units;
  • Navy’s helicopter, frigate and guided-missile destroyer capabilities; and,
  • Army’s ground-based air-defence capabilities.

Critical services to be delivered by the JATTS contract include aerial opposing-force effects, manned and unmanned targets and sophisticated electronic attack.

The contract also introduces two new additional capabilities – the testing, training and certification of ADF identification friend or foe mode 5 interrogation systems; and, advanced airborne-threat simulations.

JATTS is designed to evolve over the term of the contract to ensure it remains contemporary and continually satisfies the ADF’s requirements during a time of significant Defence capability expansion.

Consisting of more than 94 per cent Australian-industry contribution, the JATTS contract will secure the ongoing employment of approximately 88 Raytheon Australia and sub-contractor staff, predominantly based around Nowra, New South Wales.

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Brian Hartigan

Managing Editor Contact Publishing Pty Ltd PO Box 3091 Minnamurra NSW 2533 AUSTRALIA

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