BAE Systems & Raytheon to Upgrade Australia’s Radar Network

BAE Systems Australia announced a team of industry partners that ensures the best expertise is in place for their bid to upgrade Australia’s long-range High Frequency (HF) radar network. Central to their team is a partnership with leading defence systems integrator, Raytheon Australia, that will deliver unparalleled systems integration experience and expertise to the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) project.

BAE Systems Australia has been involved with the development and delivery of JORN since 1980. They will now strengthen this unique experience with Raytheon’s proven software and systems integration capability. As a key strategic partner on the team, Raytheon Australia will work with BAE Systems to upgrade and support the Jindalee Operational Radar Network. Together, they have the Australian engineers and technicians with the experience and capability needed to upgrade this radar network to provide world class surveillance coverage of Australia’s northern approaches.

The team announced by BAE Systems includes South Australian-based defence company Daronmont Technologies and facilities management company RCR Resolve FM. Daronmont has niche systems integration, software and engineering expertise that complements the team. This Australian SME will also provide sounders and transponders for all JORN sites as well as niche software products. RCR Resolve FM will contribute remote site facilities management to the team. The company has extensive remote site experience in adjacent industries, as well as an established network of 50 depots.

BAE Systems Australia’s CCEO, Glynn Phillips want to bring together a group of companies with the in-country expertise and the technological skills necessary to upgrade and support JORN. They have selected partners not only to ensure that the Commonwealth is supported by leaders in the individual fields, but also to deliver a program where local knowledge, local expertise and local talent will contribute to the evolution of JORN, ensuring sovereign control of the technology, and building a foundation for future defence exports.
 
If selected for the project, the HF technology, software and system integration knowledge from a 600-strong, highly-skilled local workforce will ensure that the upgrade to JORN is delivered efficiently and effectively. More than 20 specialist SMEs will also join the team to ensure high levels of innovation and broader industry participation.