Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare and Member for Canberra Gai Brodtmann today announced the Gillard Government has offered CEA Technologies more than $2.5 million in matched funding to develop their successful Phased Array Radar for a range of new uses.
This funding will help CEA adapt the phased array radar they have developed for use on Australia’s Anzac Class frigates to be used on land to do things like – Ground Based Air Defence, Weapon Location, Air Traffic Control and Air Surveillance.
“This is an investment in cutting edge defence technology developed in Fyshwick,” Mr Clare said.
“The project involves Defence and CEA working together to develop a technology that is a priority industry capability for the Australian Defence Force.”
“This is about making sure our troops have the equipment they need to do their job.”
CEA is one of nine companies around Australia being offered funding in the first round of the Priority Industry Capability Innovation Program.
Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann said, “It’s wonderful to see investment being made right here in Canberra that will significantly enhance our defence capability.
“CEA is a local company that is internationally renowned and at the forefront of innovation,” Ms Brodtmann said.
CEA’s Technical Director and founder, Ian Croser said, “We’re pleased the government has recognised the importance of Australian developed active phased array radar for the ADF.
“This will significantly assist the expansion of our development and manufacturing capability in this area,” Mr Croser said.
CEA Chief Executive Officer, Rob Forbes said, “This opportunity for joint investment in phased array radar will enable us to adapt the successful maritime CEAFAR radar to land mobile applications.”
CEAFAR Active Phased Array technology has been installed on the Anzac-class frigate HMAS Perth. Last year the Government announced that the radar system will be progressively installed on each of the vessels in the Anzac frigate fleet. The radar can be used to identify, track and guide missiles to multiple targets at the same time.
Further information about the Priority Industry Capability Innovation Program can be found atwww.defence.gov.au/dmo/id/picip/