Australia releases sovereign capability plan to boost radar capabilities

19 November 2020 (Last Updated November 19th, 2020 12:21)

The Government of Australia has released the enhanced active phased array and passive radar capability Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Plan.

The Government of Australia has released the enhanced active phased array and passive radar capability Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Plan.

This is expected to support and increase opportunities for the industrial radar system capabilities of Australia.

The latest plan focuses on industrial skills and capabilities that are required in the country to help achieve strategic objectives.

Australia Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said: “Australia boasts world-leading active phased array radar capability and we have enormous potential in the development of passive radar systems and related technologies.

“We need a strong partnership with Australian industry to maintain and grow the capability advantage provided by our innovative Australian companies and their substantial expertise in these radar systems.

“This latest Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Plan demonstrates the Morrison Government’s commitment to enhancing those critical capabilities in Australia.”

The plan outlines the way how the Australian Government and the defence industry will partner to boost the sovereign industrial capability of the country.

It follows the release of the implementation plans, namely combat clothing, munitions and smalls arms, land combat and protected vehicles and aerospace platform deeper maintenance and structural integrity.

In October, the Australian Army started training on the new Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV).

In September, Australia launched a grants programme that seeks to develop a skilled workforce in the defence industry sector.