3 Juli 2007
Jindalee Operational Radar Network (all photos : DefenceGovAu)
British defence giant BAE Systems has had its contract to repair and maintain the Alice Springs 'Jindalee' radar extended for another five years.
The Department of Defence will hand over more than $130 million for the daily maintenance of the Alice Springs facility.
The radar supports Australia's Over the Horizon network, which monitors the air and surface up to 2,000 kilometres away from the northern coastline.
A BAE Systems spokesman says the deal will ensure business as usual at the site and ongoing employment for locals.
The Jindalee Radar Network reportedly gives Australia the capability to detect stealth bombers.
It has cost Australia about $1.8 billion so far.