Sky’s the limit for potential exports

Sky’s the limit for potential exports

Sky’s the limit for potential exports
Sky’s the limit for potential exports - Image by BAE Systems Australia

Australian-built sensor systems have been snatched up by US agencies and demand is expected to increase.

Steve Wynd, BAE Systems Australia's Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) campaign leader, told Defence Connect he estimates that sales of commercialised high frequency (HF) sensor systems could be worth over $1 billion.

Wynd said that sales to the US have already resulted in over $100 million in export earnings.

The sensor systems the company designs and builds provide unique capabilities to US military and intelligence agencies and rely on BAE Systems’ intellectual property.

"The programs using locally developed systems are strategically significant to the US government and the company is currently working with its customer to supply advanced multi-channel HF systems," said Wynd.

"These are based on indigenous technology developed to support Australia’s Over-the-Horizon Radar capabilities."

According to the 2016 Defence White Paper, the JORN is a vital asset for Australia in protecting our maritime approaches and territory. The government will increase JORN’s capability for wide-area surveillance of Australia’s northern approaches into the 2030s.

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