A $12.1 million contract has been signed with Raytheon Australia for the first stage of the Short Range Ground Based Air Defence project (Land 19 Ph 7B), which is worth up to $2 billion.
Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said the contract covers year-long Risk Mitigation Activities to inform the final system configuration and examine it's use in an Australian context.
In April, the Government provided approval for a single supplier limited Request for tender (RFT) to Raytheon Australia for the development of the Short Range GBAD system and committed to the National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS).
“Importantly, this work will investigate potential capability enhancements to inform the NASAMS’s final system configuration, including integration with existing Australian Defence Force equipment,” Minister Pyne said.
“This will include integration testing with CEA Technologies’ phased array radar system and Thales Australia’s Hawkei and Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles.”
“The Short Range Ground Based Air Defence system will provide the inner most layer of Australia’s enhanced integrated air and missile defence capability, operated by Army’s 16th Air Land Regiment.”
Raytheon will also hold workshops around Australia later this year to engage with Australian industry about supply chain opportunities.
Defence will use Raytheon’s work to complete a detailed analysis prior to returning to Government for final consideration in 2019.