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British Aerospace Australia signs Radar Surveillance Support Contract



The No. 1 Radar Surveillance Unit (1RSU) Support Contract, signed today by Air Vice Marshal Neil Smith, Support Commander (Air Force) and BAe Australia's Corporate Development Director, Mr Barry Murphy, in Melbourne, is valued at approximately $40 million.

At the end of the five year contract period there are options for three 2-year extensions ­ bringing the final contract value potentially to $100 million.

"This contract will enable us to further build on our Over The Horizon Radar capabilities and technology," said Mr Barry Murphy. "Our selection as the 1RSU contract provider recognises that BAe Australia offers value for money; has an excellent record of developmental and support work undertaken on the Jindalee Radar over the past 18 years, and has maintained strong partnership relationships with both the RAAF and DSTO."

The Jindalee radar, the Australian Defence Force's (ADF) only operational wide area surveillance capability, is operated by No 1 Radar Surveillance Unit (1RSU) which has recently relocated from Alice Springs to RAAF Edinburgh, in Adelaide.

The new Jindalee Support Contract will have approximately 50 staff located in Alice Springs providing direct support for operations, scientific experiments and integration of upgrades and enhancements.

Over 50 staff located at both Detachment A at Salisbury and also at RAAF Edinburgh will provide support for on going development of hardware, software and computer systems for the Jindalee Radar, logistic support and cryptographic support for the integration of enhancements developed by Surveillance Systems Division of DSTO.

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British Aerospace Australia signs Radar Surveillance Support Contract