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Surveillance capability demonstration at RAAF Base Fairbairn.

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Department of Defence Media Release

PACC 110/00 Wednesday, May 31, 2000



The Australian Army will conduct a demonstration of its latest aerial surveillance equipment, the DSTO developed Ingara Multi-Mode Radar in conjunction with a Wescam M20 Long Range Infra-Red and Optical Camera System, at RAAF Base Fairbairn on Friday, June 2.

This system is the first fully integrated airborne multi-mode radar system deployed in Australia with full data link, analysis, ground elements and dissemination capability.

It is also the first system in the region with multiple automated cuing options, whereby one sensor can cue another, or they can be cued from the ground to a target picked up by another system.

The new system has been fitted to a specially modified Army King Air 350B aircraft, which has just completed trials in Darwin and at Cowley Beach in North Queensland.

These trials successfully tested the capabilities of the new system to recognize and identify specific land and sea targets, and for the Ingara radar to cue the M20 on to detected targets of interest.

Major Brendan Dwyer who is overseeing the project says that this is initially a scoping project, "What we are doing here is looking to see what’s possible. The Australian Army has never had a surveillance capability of this magnitude so while this might not be the final solution the concept is certainly very close to the mark".

Major Dwyer says that variants of the new equipment will also be capable of being used on both manned aircraft as well as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles


The Defence Science and Technology Organisation’s (DSTO) Surveillance Systems Division (SSD) have developed most elements of the system including the Ingara radar, and has been closely involved in the trials.


Media Note: Media will be shown inside the aircraft. Further vision/stills will be available on a pool basis including in flight vision/stills and air to air vision/stills. Unclassified imagery from the system can also be made available.

For more information contact: Major Brendan Dwyer

Tel: (02) 6265 5119


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