06 September 2016
The JORN transmission site at Longreach in Queensland. (photo : Lockheed Martin)
The two companies competing to undertake major upgrade of Australia's Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) long-range radar network have delivered their proposed solutions to the Department of Defence (DoD), informed sources confirmed to IHS Jane's on 5 September.
BAE Systems Australia and Lockheed Martin Australia are contesting a restricted tender for Project Air 2025 Phase 6. This will Improve the overall performance of the JORN, with the introduction of both new and upgraded sensor hardware and software, signals processing, communications and information systems, and improved supportability.
Implementation of the Phase 6 upgrade, designed to extend JORN's operational life to beyond 2042, is expected to begin in 2018. Initial Operating Capability (IOC) is scheduled for 2023 and Final Operating Capability (FOC) is anticipated in 2027.
BAE Systems announced on 5 September that it is partnering with Raytheon Australia, Daronmont Technologies and RCR Resolve FM.
The company said Daronmont will provide sensors and transponders as well as niche software products. Resolve will contribute remote site facilities management for the three JORN radar sites: Longreach in Queensland; Laverton in Western Australia; and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory.
The sources said Raytheon will supply common aperture radar processing implementation and the replacement of software architecture and human-machine interfaces. Currently, BAE Systems is responsible for the maintenance and sustainment of the Alice Springs' facility, while Lockheed Martin is responsible for the Longreach and Laverton sites and the JORN Coordination Centre at RAAF Edinburgh near Adelaide.