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First contract signed for Australian short-range ground-based air defence system

08 November 2017

The Australian government has signed an AUD12.1 million (USD9.3 million) contract with Raytheon Australia for risk mitigation activities as the first stage in developing a short-range ground-based air defence (GBAD) capability for the Australian Army costing up to AUD2 billion.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said in a statement on 8 November that the contract would investigate potential capability enhancements to inform the final system configuration of an Australianised National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS), including the integration of the Raytheon/Kongsberg system with existing Australian Defence Force (ADF) equipment.

“This will include integration testing with CEA Technologies’ phased-array radar system and Thales Australia’s Hawkei and Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles,” the minister stated.

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