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Testing new technologies to protect Australia's ports and harbours.



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THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Minister for Defence Science and Personnel

www.defence.gov.au

Monday, 2 February 2009 013/2008

TESTING NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO PROTECT AUSTRALIA’S PORTS AND HARBOURS

Sydney Harbour will be scene of simulated attack from boats, divers and underwater vehicles in this week’s Kondari Trial, the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, announced today.

The Kondari Trial is a test run of new technologies designed to protect Australia’s ports, naval bases and ships from terrorist attack.

Organised by the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and the Royal Australian Navy at Garden Island Naval Base from today until 13 February, the Trial will explore emerging technologies designed to strengthen underwater force protection.

“It has been shown around the world that maritime facilities are vulnerable to attack,” Mr Snowdon said.

“Australian ports and harbours are vital to the country’s trade and economy, and as such, the Australian government is taking strong measures to ensure their protection.”

The Australian Federal Police, NSW Police and Sydney Ports are participating in the trial which has also attracted international defence experts from UK, Canada, New Zealand and USA, including the US Coast Guard.

Technologies being tested during the trial include diver detection sonar, underwater warning systems, imaging sonar, Remotely Operated Vehicles and Autonomous Underwater Vehicles used for hull, pier and seabed searches.

“The trial will evaluate the capabilities of these technologies against real scenarios in complex environments and provide a better understanding of the operational issues affecting these systems,” Mr Snowdon said.

“The participation of our coalition partners, industry and State authorities in the trial should ensure that Australia is well prepared and equipped with the right technologies to counter threats against our maritime assets.”

Media contacts: Kate Sieper (Mr Snowdon) 02 6277 7620 or 0488 484 689 Colin Blair (DSTO) 02 6128 6385 or 0416 266 843

Defence Media Liaison 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664