BAE Systems Australia has been selected as the prime contractor to upgrade Australia’s over-the-horizon Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) as part of Project Air 2025 Phase 6.
In a joint statement on 5 March, Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said that the AUD1.2 billion (USD927 million) upgrade will take 10 years to complete and is aimed at ensuring that the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is “well-equipped with a world leading over-the-horizon surveillance capability”.
“This project will significantly re-design the JORN radar capability and deliver on the government’s commitment to ensuring our strategic advantage into the future as outlined in the 2016 Defence White Paper,” said Payne during a tour of the JORN Coordination Centre at the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Edinburgh, where the service controls the three JORN radars located in Longreach (Queensland), Alice Springs (Northern Territory), and Laverton (Western Australia).
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