CEA Technologies has received a contract to provide new vehicle-mounted short-range ground-based air defence radars for the Australian Army .

The A$137m ($93.34m) contract awarded by the Australian Department of Defence will enable advanced air defence capability to the army to safeguard deployed troops from air threats.

Australia Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said: “This air defence capability combines world-leading Australian radar technology with a highly effective air defence system that will protect our 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 its reputation as an agile, innovative company and a key strategic partner for defence.”

CEA Technologies will supply the radars in long and short-range variants.

The Department of Defence noted that the army will deploy the short-range variant on the locally produced Thales Hawkei 4×4 protected vehicle.

Australia Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price said: “Integration of these radars into existing air defence technology is a significant step in establishing Australian industry as a leading exporter of defence technology.

“This contract with CEA will support 45 jobs in Canberra and Adelaide and demonstrates the company’s ongoing success after securing a A$90m ($61.32m) loan through the Morrison Government’s Defence Export Facility.”

The government is procuring short-range air defence (SHORAD) capability to improve the safety of military forces.

The new SHORAD capability will be based on the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS).

Set to cost around $A2.5bn ($1.7bn), the air and missile defence system project aims to replace the existing RBS-70 man-portable air defence system.

A contract was signed with Raytheon Australia in June this year for the Australian version of NASAMS.