Australia to invest $381.8m in electronic warfare capabilities

6 September 2016 (Last Updated September 6th, 2016 18:30)

The Australian Government has announced an A$500m ($381.8m) project to boost the nation's electronic warfare capabilities.

The Australian Government has announced an A$500m ($381.8m) project to boost the nation's electronic warfare capabilities.

The Electronic Warfare Operations Support for Maritime and Land Forces project will provide electronic warfare equipment and infrastructure to prepare the Australian Defence Force for operations in complex threat environments.

BAE Systems Australia and Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems will deliver equipment to support the country's navy and army units.

"This project will better prepare the Australian Defence Force to conduct operations in areas where advanced threats, such as missiles, could threaten lives."

The companies will also provide maintenance and support for the equipment throughout its expected service life.

The systems delivered under the project will improve the ability of naval ships and army units to tackle threats emerging across the electronic warfare spectrum.

Australia Defence Minister Senator Marise Payne said: “This project will better prepare the Australian Defence Force to conduct operations in areas where advanced threats, such as missiles, could threaten lives and assets and will also provide a significant boost to ADF capabilities.

“Many of the electronic warfare support systems to be acquired by this project will be portable and capable of operation within Australian ranges and training areas.”

A facility with laboratories, simulation equipment and testing support systems will be built within the Edinburgh Defence precinct in South Australia, in order to analyse the equipment.

The facility and systems delivered will be operated and supported by defence scientists, military personnel, public servants and Australian industries.