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Australia sets the stage for new underwater tracking ranges

7th December 2020 - 17:45 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

The ranges would enable exercises in deep ocean waters and littoral waters, involving surface and sub-surface assets simultaneously.

A tender will be issued in Australia next year for industry to work on building new maritime underwater tracking ranges.

The project will replace the original tracking range that was developed for testing Collins-class submarines(pictured) with a new deep water tracking range and a shallow water tracking range, the Australian Department of Defence noted in a statement. 

It will also deliver a deployable tracking range, which will be tested in the same area but will be capable of being deployed in deep and shallow water in multiple locations. 

Cdre Darron Kavanagh, Director General Combat Management and Payload Systems in the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (the Australian defence procurement agency) said there will be an open tender process to identify industry partners.

Information about the tender process will be released by late January 2021.

Kavanagh added that the ranges would provide the capability to conduct exercises in deep ocean waters and littoral waters, involving surface and sub-surface assets simultaneously. 

‘The ranges will be instrumental in supporting the testing and acceptance into service of future platforms being delivered through the National Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise,’ he said. 

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