A Queensland-based company has secured a contract from the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) for its REDWING counter-improvised explosive device (IED) force protection systems.
L3 Micreo will provide the lightweight, handheld GREENGUM version to equip dismounted forces, and the more powerful GREYGUM device for fitting to light vehicles.
The total contract value is $9.5 million, with 34,000 units to be delivered within a six-month period.
L3's chairman and CEO Michael Strianese said the IED technology will be instrumental in saving lives.
"L3 is committed to providing innovative counter-IED technology in a heightened global threat environment," said Strianese.
"This technology saves lives and helps us build on our strong relationship with the Australian DoD. We continue to focus on delivering technology enhancements to our market-leading force protection systems."
The L3 IED systems were developed under the Australian DoD’s REDWING program. L3 Micreo and Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Group developed low-cost, robust and lightweight force protection systems for use in austere operating environments by military and police units.
The systems function with minimal operator training and limited logistical support. A significant quantity of these counter-improvised explosive devices have already been produced and extensively deployed to Afghanistan National Defence and Security Forces (ANDSF).
Sarah Earey, L3 Micreo’s general manager said, "The REDWING project is an example of Australian industry and defence collaboration, entrepreneurship and innovation to deliver a unique solution that is able to help address a persistent threat in Afghanistan, protecting the country’s soldiers and police from IED attacks."
L3 Micreo, which is part of L3’s Sensor Systems business segment, designs and produces RF and photonic products for radar and electronic warfare systems. Located in Brisbane, L3 Micreo has installed products in several front-line military aircraft.