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BAE Systems Australia opens HF laboratory

22nd May 2019 - 06:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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BAE Systems Australia has opened a new high frequency (HF) laboratory to develop new technologies to enhance the capabilities of Australia’s Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN), the company announced on 17 May.

The new facility has been opened at Edinburgh Parks in South Australia. The facility will enable continued research and development into new technologies that will be integral to increasing surveillance of the northern and western approaches to Australia. 

JORN is the eyes and ears of the Royal Australian Air Force, monitoring Australia’s northern approaches through a network of three remote radars in Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The radar network plays a pivotal role supporting the Australian Defence Force’s air and maritime operations, border surveillance, disaster relief and search and rescue operations. It is currently undergoing a $1billion, ten year upgrade to increase both the surveillance area and the data gathered by the network.

Gabby Costigan, chief executive, BAE Systems Australia, said: ‘This is a unique facility that will allow the development and testing of specialist equipment to ensure that the decade-long upgrade realises the full potential of JORN beyond 2042.’

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