AUS­TRALIA TO IN­VEST $1.5 BIL­LION IN SHORT-RANGE GROUND-BASED AD SYS­TEM

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The Aus­tralian Govern­ment will in­vest up to A$2 bil­lion ($1.5bn) to de­velop a new short­range ground-based air de­fence sys­tem for the coun­try’s army. The ground-based air de­fence ca­pa­bil­ity will be de­vel­oped us­ing Kongs­berg’s na­tional ad­vanced sur­face-toair mis­sile sys­tem (NASAMS), which has abil­ity to in­te­grate with net­works and a va­ri­ety of sen­sors and weapons. The NASAMSbased ca­pa­bil­ity will be de­liv­ered to the Aus­tralian Army through a sin­gle sup­plier limited ten­der process to Raytheon Aus­tralia, which will serve as the prime sys­tem in­te­gra­tor for the pro­gramme. A sin­gle sup­plier limited re­quest for ten­der will be is­sued to Raytheon Aus­tralia later in the year. Kongs­berg will be a ma­jor sub-con­trac­tor in the air de­fence sys­tem pro­gramme.

Raytheon will also in­ves­ti­gate us­ing Thales Aus­tralia’s ‘Hawkei’, a pro­tected mo­bil­ity ve­hi­cle, as a po­ten­tial plat­form for the sys­tem’s mis­sile launch­ers.

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