Minister for Defence Senator Marise Payne has formally opened a significant extension to CEA Technologies’ premises in Canberra that will supply the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) with cutting-edge radar technology.
CEA is providing radar technology to the Anzac class frigates as part of the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade, and the federal government is currently investing in further research and development with a view to potential inclusion in the Future Frigates and other platforms, the Defence Minister said.
The company stated on February 5 that the new facilities would significantly enhance its radar and communication systems manufacturing, testing and R&D capabilities.
“The $1.8 million fit-out provides a substantial improvement in facilities and working conditions, along with extra space for planned expansion over the next three years,” CEA said in a statement.
“The opening of this new facility in Canberra is primarily the result of sustained corporate growth as a result of an increased awareness, both here and overseas, of CEA’s indigenously developed active phased array radar technology.”
The company, which was founded 33 years ago, has secured domestic and international orders for its radar systems.
“This new facility marks a new chapter in the growth of this innovative Australian defence company, and is a sign of its increasing confidence in securing future export and domestic sales of its world-class and locally developed active phased array radar technology,” said Minister Payne. “With more than half the Anzac fleet now having received the ASMD upgrade, these ships have radar capabilities in that role above and beyond that of any other navy.”
The Defence Minister highlighted the focus on innovation in the forthcoming Defence Industry Policy Statement. “The Turnbull government will soon release a new Defence Industry Policy Statement that will emphasise the importance of harnessing innovation, like that delivered by CEA Technologies, to deliver better capability outcomes for Defence,” she said.