• Credit: Defence
    Credit: Defence

Defence has signed a multi-million dollar contract with Canberra company CEA Technologies for the supply of Army’s new short range ground-based air defence capability.

The $137 million contract will provide advanced radars as part of the air defence system to protect deployed forces from sophisticated air threats. The vehicle-mounted radars will be delivered in long and short range variants, with the short range variant to be mounted on Thales Hawkei vehicles.

The radars are adapted from those already in service with the RAN.

“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,” Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said.

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 Defence Export Facility.”

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