The contract, valued at up to $18 million, will see the Australian Army’s current inventory of Manpack Electronic Surveillance systems replaced by Chemring’s ‘Resolve 3’ system by March 2018 under Project LAND 500 Phase 1.
Resolve 3 is the latest iteration of the highly successful, combat-proven, Resolve Electronic Surveillance system, designed and produced by UK-based Chemring Technology Solutions (CTS).
On show at the recent Land Forces exhibition, Resolve 3 received significant interest from the Australian Army’s user community, keen to get the latest technology into the hands of its soldiers.
In 2013, Chemring Australia received a Priority Industry Capability Innovation Program Grant that enabled it to establish a local capability to develop and support Chemring’s range of military electronics systems in Australia.
Chemring Australia‘s managing director Mark Hender commented, “Resolve 3 represents the latest in man-portable Electronic Surveillance capability and is a quantum leap over the Army’s current in-service systems.
"Securing the LAND 500 contract is a significant achievement for Chemring Australia as we seek to expand our footprint. Having a local capability to support Resolve will provide the Army with an enhanced capability and support service, and will enable Australia to directly contribute to the future direction that Chemring takes with the Resolve product family, rather than relying on overseas developments.”
Chemring Australia and CTS will progressively roll-out the systems along with initial training for the Army’s EW operators.
CTS’s managing director Mike Luedicke praised the joint approach taken by the two companies, “We are very proud that Australia has chosen Resolve 3 for its Manpack Electronic Surveillance system under project LAND 500.
"CTS has worked very closely with Chemring Australia to develop this offering for the Australian Army as part of Chemring’s global Sensors and Electronics business. I believe that the Australian Army will see significant benefit from having the Resolve 3 systems supported by local industry capabilities.
"CTS is looking forward to delivering state of the art capability, not just in LAND 500, but in other emerging Land EW projects as well.”
Chemring Australia will deliver Army’s Resolve 3 systems from its facility located in Mulgrave, Victoria.