Defence Minister Christopher Pyne has officially opened SRC Australia’s new Adelaide office at Mawson Lakes as part of the company’s domestic growth, driven by the modernisation of the ADF.
The office opening comes at a time when the SRC enterprise is investing over $12 million in developing an electronic warfare payload for next-generation training purposes, which could also be used to advance concepts such as the Australian-designed and developed 'Loyal Wingman' unmanned aircraft.
"SRC Australia are experts in developing next-generation electronic warfare solutions for the Australian Defence Force and its allies. The company plays a vital role in delivering its ‘Ghosthawk’ mission support data sets for Australia’s F-35A Joint Strike Fighters," Minister Pyne said.
The company's specialist electronics package – named 'Lyrebird' in Australia and 'Mockingbird' in the US – allows the UAV to look like an adversary to replicate the threats faced in modern day warfare.
Minister Pyne added, "The 'Lyrebird' program and related investments will provide an additional 15 jobs for SRC Australia in Adelaide, Brisbane and Canberra over the next two years."
SRC has more than 35 years of experience analysing the behaviour of current and advanced foreign threats for national databases like the Electronic Warfare Integrated Reprogramming Database (EWIRDB).
The company combines deep knowledge of threat behaviour with real-time technologies including the Advanced Modular Pulse Simulator (AMPS) and the company's Common Electronic Attack Receiver to build complete, "software-in-the-loop", direct inject, chamber radiated and open-air solutions for the test and evaluation and training communities.
"This is another example of the value of the Coalition government investing in innovative, future leaning initiatives such as the Loyal Wingman – which is expected to create around 100 new high-technology Australian jobs in the engineering and design phase alone," Minister Pyne said.
Founded in 2016 following the acquisition of Mission Data Solutions, SRC Australia has continued to work with the Australian government to solve crucial electronic warfare challenges, and is now applying 60 years of experience to deliver solutions to the Australian market.
Together, SRC, Inc. and SRC Aus employ US and Australian electronic warfare experts who are currently developing next-generation solutions for the Australian Defence Force and its allies.
SRC Aus and SRC, Inc. were recently awarded a contract to support electronic warfare requirements for the new Australian JSF Program. The contract provides software development and engineering analysis critical to the successful operation of the JSF in Australia.
As part of this effort, SRC Aus employs Australian engineers in both Adelaide and Canberra, supported by expertise from SRC, Inc. in the US.