The Australian Department of Defence has signed a $137 million dollar contract with CEA Technologies for the supply of advanced air defence radars to the Australian Army.
The radars will form part of the Army’s new short-range ground-based air defence (GBAD) capability which will be based on Raytheon/Kongsberg National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS). The GBAD system will protect deployed forces from sophisticated air threats and the contract for the acquisition was awarded to Raytheon Australia Pty in June this year.
These new vehicle-mounted radars were adapted from those already in service with the Royal Australian Navy. They will be delivered in long and short-range variants, with the short-range variant to be mounted on the Australian-developed Thales Hawkei 4×4 light tactical vehicle.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the Morrison Government is committed to providing the Australian Defence Force with the best capability to defend Australia’s national interests.
“This air defence capability combines world leading Australian radar technology with a highly effective air defence system that will protect our servicemen and women from future airborne threats,” Minister Reynolds said. “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.”
The Royal Australia Navy’s ANZAC Class frigates are equipped with CEA Technologies’ CEAFAR phased array radars. A CEA phased array radar, called CEAFAR 2, is also planned for the Navy’s new Hunter-class frigates being procured under the SEA 5000 Future Frigate program. These new frigates will be based on BAE Systems’ Type 26 Global Combat Ship (GCS) frigate design.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said CEA was already a recognised success story for Australian industry.
“Integration of these radars into existing air defence technology is a significant step in establishing Australian industry as a leading exporter of defence technology,” Minister Price said. “This contract with CEA will support 45 jobs in Canberra and Adelaide and demonstrates the company’s ongoing success after securing a $90 million loan through the Morrison Government’s Defence Export Facility.”