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 (DST) Group to enhance and drive the network’s unique technology.
BAE Systems Australia has been exporting its world leading High Frequency (HF) systems technology for the past ten years. It is currently providing a fourth generation multi-channel digital HF receiving system for the US Government which will allow the US to explore and understand the new capabilities that digital receiver technology provides. This work will also build knowledge for the major JORN Phase 6 upgrade
This work will contribute important new knowledge for the major AIR 2025 JORN Phase 6 upgrade planned to start in 2018. The upgrade to the over-the-horizon radar (OTHR) network is designed to ‘open’ the system’s architecture enabling the insertion of next generation technologies and extend the operational life of JORN to beyond 2042.
Jindalee Operational Radar Network
JORN is a network of three remote OTHR radars located in the Northern Territory, Queensland and Western Australia. 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.
JORN is controlled and operated by the Royal Australian Air Force from the JORN Coordination Centre at the Royal Australian Air Force Base, Edinburgh, north of Adelaide, alongside BAE Systems Australia headquarters which are also located at Edinburgh.
BAE Systems Australia has a team of more than 200 dedicated engineers and technicians committed to the ‘life cycle’ of the highly sophisticated JORN capability providing hardware and software engineering development, manufacturing, 24/7 operational support and radar maintenance, logistics and operator training in some of Australia’s most remote areas.
Our brief has been to manage the original Jindalee R3 radar based in the Northern Territory near Alice Springs as a test bed for the development of JORN’s long-range detection capability, and to act as an operational radar as required. We also provide deeper maintenance for the majority of JORN network hardware.
We also work closely and share site facilities at Edinburgh Defence Precinct with the OTHR Systems Project Office and DST Group, supporting the upgrade of JORN through the Priority Industry Capability Program to prepare aspects of JORN technology for the Phase 6 upgrade.
We are proud to have supported the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group in creating the original long range high frequency radar system used by JORN and we plan to keep delivering innovation and invest into the future to support the evolving HF network, ensuring that Australia retains 100% ownership and control of this strategically important sovereign asset.
Helping to ensure that Australia retains 100% ownership and control of the unique Jindalee Operational Radar Network technology is a strategic imperative.
We believe that Australian industry has the expertise, capacity, innovation, competitiveness and the right people to contribute to the ongoing advancement of JORN and OTHR technology.
BAE Systems welcomes the opportunity for regular Australian Industry engagement and is committed to exploring Australian products and services for the JORN Phase 6 upgrade.
Supply chain opportunities are promoted through Australian Industry networks, and BAE Systems’ Approved Suppliers and Global Access Programs.