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Silentium Defence signs deal with RAN for radar trial

The Adelaide-based company has entered into an agreement with the Royal Australian Navy for the trial of the MAVERICK passive radar system.

The Adelaide-based company has entered into an agreement with the Royal Australian Navy for the trial of the MAVERICK passive radar system.

Under the agreement, Silentium Defence has been contracted to design, install and trial its MAVERICK passive radar system under a gated process, hoping to deliver enhanced situational awareness to the RAN.

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According to the company, the MAVERICK system comprises of a series of radars that use “existing energy in the environment” to facilitate radar transmissions, and can either supplement or substitute existing surveillance capabilities without needing allocated spectrum, licenses or emitting radiation hazard.

“The power of our MAVERICK passive radar can’t be understated in the maritime domain. It addresses a key strategic challenge for Navy and enables critical, constant situational awareness of air, land, and sea, even in reduced or silent emission-controlled conditions,” Dr James Palmer, chief executive officer at Silentium Defence said.

“For decades, naval vessels have had to switch off emitters, including radars to maintain ‘silence’ and prevent detection, or when docked due to local restriction, and this has reduced their situational awareness.

“With our MAVERICK radars, there is no need for compromise. Our radars don’t transmit like traditional radars which means the fleet can maintain critical awareness of objects in their environment, without highlighting their position.”

Silenitum contends that such capabilities are useful across a range of defence scenarios, including detecting drones at short distances and tracking objects in low earth orbit.

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The MAVERICK can be integrated into an array of defence assets.

“We’re excited to put our passive radar systems through their paces in a range of scenarios that test and validate the value proposition for Navy,” Graeme Nayler, chief strategy officer at Silentium Defence, said.

“As our battlespace continues to evolve, constant, shared situational awareness across air, land, sea, and space has never been more critical. Defence's ability to rapidly plan responses to threats depends on it, and to achieve that capability with an Australian designed, developed, and manufactured technology is an exciting prospect.” 

Silentium Defence signs deal with RAN for radar trial
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