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CEA Technologies to build air defense radars for Australia’s Joint Air Battle Management System

CEA Technologies air defense radar for JABMS
Photo: Australian defense ministry

The Australian defense ministry has awarded CEA Technologies a contract to build four new air defense radars for the armed forces’ future Joint Air Battle Management System (JABMS).

The radar will be part of the Australian government’s $2.7 billion investment in JABMS, for which Australia has downselected Boeing Defence Australia and Raytheon Australia as the final two contenders. The battle management system will form the architecture at the core of the Australian defense forces’ future integrated air and missile defense (IAMD) capability.

Australia’s defense industry minister Pat Conroy welcomed the significant capability boost that the Australian designed and built radars will provide.

“The new sensors will be able to detect aircraft and missile threats at greater ranges and with increased accuracy than our current systems, allowing for real-time critical information to be received and affording greater warning, decision and response time,” minister Conroy said.

“As a critical component of the Joint Air Battle Management System, the radars will enhance situational awareness and interoperability across the Joint Force, and with our allies.”

Minister Conroy said the selection of this home-grown radar technology illustrated the Australian government’s commitment to maximizing Australian industrial participation within defense capability acquisition and sustainment projects.

“The contract will directly contribute to growing the CEA Technologies workforce from 530 staff to over 800 in coming years,” Minister Conroy said.

“The Australian designed and built radars will use CEA Technologies’ proven Active Electronically Scanned Array radar technology.

“CEA Technologies is a world-leading business in radar technology and a key defence industry partner in Australia, with its radar technology currently installed on the Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac Class Frigates.

“The expansion of CEA Technologies into ground-based sensor applications using the same proven technologies demonstrates the strength of Australia’s defence industry.”