BAE Systems Australia seeks local capability for JORN upgrade

With BAE Systems Australia awarded the $1 billion Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) upgrade, ICN has launched a portal on Gateway for local suppliers to lodge expressions of interest in work packages.

Known as JORN Phase 6, the project involves the upgrade and sustainment of Australia’s long-range high frequency radar network.

JORN is a network of three remote over-the-horizon radars located in Longreach, QLD, Laverton, WA, and Alice Springs, NT, controlled and operated from the JORN Coordination Centre at RAAF Base Edinburgh, north of Adelaide.

The state-of-the-art defence system provides wide area surveillance at ranges of 1000 to 3000 km and plays a vital role in supporting the Australian Defence Force’s air and maritime operations, border protection, disaster relief and search and rescue operations.

Under the initial 10-year contract, BAE Systems will provide an important upgrade to Australia’s most complex and critical sovereign wide area surveillance capability.

The upgrade is designed to ‘open’ the system’s architecture to insert next generation technologies and extend the operational life of JORN to beyond 2042.

The Australian-designed and supported solution will ensure a high level of industry participation and the application of rapidly developing technology.

‘Under the contract, BAE Systems has committed to provide value for money, and meet the current and future Australian Defence Force and Industry capability requirements,’ ICN SA Principal Supply Consultant Jeremy Satchell said.

‘BAE Systems Australia is currently seeking capabilities that allow further innovation and will be conducting market testing of local industry through contestable work packages.’

According to its website, BAE Systems Australia has played a ‘central role in the development of Australia’s critical sovereign surveillance capability, the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) over the past 35 years, working closely with the Defence Science and Technology Group (DSTG) to enhance and drive the network’s unique technology’.

For more information, or to submit an expression of interest, go to the JORN Phase 6 portal on ICN Gateway, where you can also find a link to BAE Systems’ Australia Global Supply Chain Opportunities.