Phased array

Australia and the US have joined forces by signing a joint agreement to further develop Australian active phased array radar technology.

Defence Minister Robert Hill said both countries will share the development costs, technical expertise and benefits of the active phased array radar technology which is being developed by ACT electronics company CEA Technologies.

The total development cost is estimated to be approximately $30 million over three years.

“The program will allow further development of the CEA radar technology for possible use in medium to long range air warfare and ballistic missile defence,” added the Minister.

The technology can also be applied to smaller ships and other Australian Defence Force air surveillance assets. It also has potential to be used in a range of US programs including the Littoral Combat Ship and other new ship programs, land and land mobile programs, as well as replacing legacy systems on some US ships.