Minister for Defence - Upgrade to Australian Defence Force navigation warfare capability

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Senator the Hon David Johnston

Minister for Defence

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26 August 2014

Minister for Defence David Johnston today announced Government approval of a critical project to upgrade and enhance the protected Global Positioning System (GPS) capability of the Australian Defence Force.

“The Government recognises that to ensure the ADF remains viable and robust we need to invest in force protection, countermeasures, protective security, system redundancy, lower signatures and stealth for our capabilities and systems,” Senator Johnston said.

GPS plays a vital role in providing accurate positioning, navigation, coordination, and targeting for the ADF and the ability to use modern GPS equipment is fundamental to operational effectiveness.

Senator Johnston said GPS jamming equipment has become easier to produce and deploy, and the ADF needed to continue to meet this evolving threat. JP 5408 Phase 3 (Platforms) Tranche 2 will enhance GPS on a range of ADF platforms by providing either protection or redundancy capabilities in response to GPS denial activities.

The total value of this project is in the order of $30 million.

Platforms to be upgraded include:

- Collins Class Submarines

- Hydrographic Survey Ships

- Survey Motor Launches

- Provision of Alignment Kits for Ground Based Air Defence systems

- Special Forces Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats

- Mine Hunter Coastal Ships.

“This project will strengthen the ADF’s ability to operate in a GPS denied environment and will increase the operational capability and safety of Australian service personnel.”

Senator Johnston said the project will include opportunities for Australian Industry partners to assist in the integration and maintenance of the protected GPS capability acquired under the project.

Media contacts:

Mark Dodd (Minister Johnston’s Office) 0477 389 560

Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999

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