BAE Systems has received funding from the Australian Government to support the development of a counter-surveillance capability, Cuttlefish system, for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) to enhance its defence capability.
The $4.9m funding follows a three-year, $32m contract awarded to the company in October this year to provide an improved anti-ship missile test capability, the future advanced threat simulator (FATS), an airborne radar system for the RAN.
BAE will support RAN’s Cuttlefish project, which aims to provide RAN with the capability to create, disrupt and block an adversary’s surveillance and protect its platforms in real-time.
It features techniques to block radio frequency emitters that will sustain the RAN’s presence in hostile and threatening environments.
BAE Systems Australia chief executive Glynn Phillips said: “The company is at the forefront of Australian Electronic Warfare innovation that enables military platforms to operate in the presence of hostile electronic signals.
“We have purposefully worked to create a unique domestic capability in Australia that is today an integral part of a stronger, more Sovereign Australian industry.”
The fund will enable the company to continue developing the Cuttlefish capability for the next 24 months, which will be followed by sea trials of the system in 2019.
The Cuttlefish project is a collaborative effort between BAE Systems Australia and the DST Group.
Australian Minister for the defence industry Christopher Pyne said: “The Turnbull Government is determined to use the historic investment of $195bn in Australia’s defence capability to support and drive the growth of a high-technology, advanced manufacturing future for Australia.”