The Australian Department of Defence has awarded a contract extension to BAE Systems to help train and safeguard its troops.

Under the contract worth A$7m ($5m), the company will support the Australian Army’s Advanced Air Defence Simulator (AADS) for the next three years.

Located at Woodside Barracks in Adelaide, Australia, AADS offers training capability in the use of the ground to air missile systems such as the RBS70 surface-to-air missile system.

Currently, BAE Systems is working with Saab Australia in Adelaide for the integration of the weapons simulator and command and control system.

Bohemia Interactive Simulations in Williamtown, New South Wales (NSW), is providing simulation software and Xenon Systems in Melbourne will supply computer hardware.

In addition, Barco in Sydney, Australia, will supply projectors as part of the project.

BAE System has employed eight staff at its South Australian site and in Ryde, NSW.

Australian Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said: “The contract extension will provide continued support to 16 Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery, with state-of-the-art training facilities.

“The Advanced Air Defence Simulator delivers an immersive and interactive training solution to army’s use of the RBS70 weapon systems, which are designed to protect Australian soldiers.

“The contract extension with BAE Systems Australia represents continued investment in Australian industry and the continuity of highly technical jobs and expertise.”

Earlier this month, the Australian Government started the first stage of the Lethality System project’s (Land 159) Tranche 1.