The Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) is a network of three remote over-the-horizon radar (OTHR) located in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. The state-of-the-art defence system provides wide-area surveillance at ranges of 1,000 to 3,000 kilometres and plays a vital role in supporting the Australian Defence Force’s air and maritime operations, border protection, disaster relief and rescue operations. BAE Systems Australia has played a central role in the development of Australia’s critical sovereign surveillance capability, 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. JORN works by refracting high-frequency electromagnetic waves off the ionosphere to “see” objects thousands of kilometres away that are invisible to conventional radars because of the curvature of the earth.
JORN is controlled and operated by the Royal Australian Air Force from the Battlespace Surveillance Centre at the Royal Australian Air Force Base, Edinburgh, north of Adelaide, alongside BAE Systems Australia headquarters.
What we do
Since the beginning, BAE Systems’ brief has been to support the development of long range detection capability with the original Jindalee radar based in the Northern Territory near Alice Springs as a test bed. BAE Systems continued to support the system once it became an operational radar that was subsequently integrated into the JORN network. BAE Systems Australia also provides deeper maintenance for the majority of JORN network hardware.
BAE Systems Australia has been chosen to deliver the JORN Phase 6 upgrade, which will support an extra 100 jobs within the company, and another 100 in the supply chain. With the federal government’s investment on the JORN network, BAE Systems will upgrade both the hardware and the system’s software and support sustainment over the next 10 years.