Project Coorong is a leading edge research initiative that is specifically focused on the development of over-the-horizon radar (OTHR) capability – including the ability to track fast and small targets at night.
Lockheed Martin and DST worked together to take this lab-based research and development initiative and demonstrate it in a practical application of next generation capability for OTHR.
Funded by Lockheed Martin, Project Coorong is an excellent case study in how private-public partnerships can innovate and collaborate to deliver new capabilities on schedule and under budget.
“Project Coorong demonstrates Lockheed Martin Australia’s commitment to engaging and supporting small to medium enterprise (SME) companies and developing their innovative ability to participate in leading edge technology,” said Jack Mahoney, Lockheed Martin Australia general manager.
“The project successfully completed its milestones ahead of schedule and in less than 12 months, while bringing on board a number of SMEs new to the program.”
DST has been researching OTHR technology since the 1970s, culminating with the development of the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN). The JORN system is principally used to monitor and detect aircraft and ships in the country’s northern maritime approaches.
Lockheed Martin Australia has extensive experience in OTHR as a key partner in the design, integration, construction and commissioning of the JORN and is partnered with the Australian Defence Force in the design, integration and on-going maintenance and support for this national capability.
“We have worked closely with Lockheed Martin to take an idea and use our joint technical expertise to bring it to reality,” said Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky.
“Developing leading edge OTHR technological advancements benefits not only Defence capability, but sets Australia apart in international research and development in this field.”