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Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky, and Mr Merv Davis, CEO of CEA Technologies/ Credit: Defence Science and Technology Group

Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky, and Mr Merv Davis, CEO of CEA Technologies/ Credit: Defence Science and Technology Group

Five-year R&D agreement to develop radar and electronic warfare solutions for Australian Defence

On March 1, the Australian Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announced a five-year research and development agreement between the Defence Science and Technology Group and CEA Technologies to develop new solutions for Defence’s future requirements in radar, communications, and electronic warfare. The research agreement was signed in Canberra by the Chief Defence Scientist, Dr Alex Zelinsky, and Mr Merv Davis, CEO of CEA Technologies.

The DST Group is the Australian government's lead agency responsible for applying science and technology to safeguard Australia and its national interests.

CEA Technologies specialises in the design, development and manufacture of advanced radar and communications solutions for civil and military applications.

CEA Technologies has previously delivered the world’s first fourth generation Active Phased Array Radar technology for Australia’s ANZAC Class frigates.

This collaboration has relevance to programs such as the Future Frigates and will also help inform future programs in the aerospace, maritime and land domains. There will be significant focus on robust and resilient capabilities in complex environments.

DST Group and CEA Technologies are expected to bring complementary strengths to the collaboration on advances in array capabilities, combining Defence scientists’ signal processing, electronic protection, tracking and data fusion capabilities with CEA Technologies’ active array and radar expertise.

Minister Pyne said future systems needed to ensure the Australian Defence Force had comprehensive situational awareness to make decisions more quickly in combat.

“I welcome this great partnership which brings together our Defence scientists’ signal processing, electronic protection, tracking and data fusion capabilities with CEA Technologies’ active array and radar expertise,” he added.

 “I congratulate the company and Defence on this strategic partnership which endeavours to produce more game-changing capabilities for the Australian Defence Force.”

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