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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3218

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 27 March 1980:

When will the (a) locating radar, (b) surveillance radars, (c) navigational equipment and (d) sensors proposed on page 23 para 75 of the Australian Defence White Paper, presented to the House on 4 November 1 976, be available to the Army.

Mr Killen - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows: (a), (b), (d) Selection of the mortar locating equipment and surveillance radars and sensors has been narrowed down to major contenders. Evaluation of competing equipments is planned to be carried out in the next twelve months. It is presently planned that the mortar locating equipment and the surveillance radars and sensors will enter service in 1984-85. Because of equipment priorities, Army does not now propose acquisition of a gun locating radar in the Program period.

(c)   The Army has re-assessed its priorities for the type of navigational equipment referred to and does not now propose acquisition of this equipment in the Program period.

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