BAE Systems awarded $12 million PRISM contract

BAE Systems Australia has been awarded over $12 million to deliver an Australian designed and developed radar identification system to the Royal Australian Navy.

BAE Systems Australia has been awarded over $12 million to deliver PRISM, an Australian designed and developed radar identification system to the Royal Australian Navy.

“BAE Systems was up against some very stiff competition from overseas companies and the fact that we have been appointed by the Navy demonstrates that it is cost-effective to design and develop Electronic Warfare systems here in Australia,” said David Gordon Electronic Warfare Systems Manager of BAE Systems Australia.

PRISM, a Passive Radar Identification System, is an electronic sensor that passively uses the electromagnetic spectrum to gain information about other parties at sea.

PRISM will be installed on the Navy’s new Armidale Class Patrol Boat and used to detect microwave radar frequencies such as those used by marine radars. The systems will help the Navy to know exactly who is in Australian waters. It will also be used to track down illegal vessels such as fishing boats.

The PRISM system comprises two main assemblies; the Antenna Unit and Signal Processing Unit, with an optional Operator Console Unit for specialist Early Warning operator positions where required.

The system also features a radar threat emitter library that can be programmed with specific and general radar types and provides the threat data necessary to engage Electronic Countermeasures such as chaff or active decoys.