Leading-edge Canberra company CEA Technologies has secured a multi-million dollar contract from Defence to supply the Army with new short range ground-based air defence capability.
The $137 million contract will see CEA Technologies supply advanced radars to the Army as part of the air defence system designed to protect Australian forces from sophisticated air threats.
Defence Minister Lynda Reynolds said the vehicle-mounted radars will be delivered in long and short range variants, with the short range variant to be mounted on the Australian-developed Thales Hawkei vehicle.
“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 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.”
Defence Industry Minister 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 continued.
“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.”