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Boost for Defence's battlefield intelligence gathering capabilities: Project Bunyip.



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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR THE HON ROBERT HILL Minister for Defence Leader of the Government in the Senate ______________________________________ ___________ ____________________________ __________

Thursday, 12 February 2004 25/2004

BOOST FOR DEFENCE’S BATTLEFIELD INTELLIGENCE

GATHERING CAPABILITIES - PROJECT BUNYIP

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“The Defence 2000 White Paper stressed the need for the ADF to maintain first-rate intelligence capabilities,” Senator Hill said.

“In combat operations, the ability to gain an intelligence edge over an adversary or to disrupt their communications can be decisive. The new Defence Capability Plan incorporates substantial and sustained investment in intelligence capabilities, including at the tactical level. These new capabilities, which will be introduced

from 2008, are crucial elements of this investment.”

Australian Defence Force personnel will be better equipped to detect enemy forces on the battlefield under a $150 million project appro Government this week, Defence Minister Robert Hill

Senator Hill said the money would be spent upgrading the electro capabilities of the Army, Navy and Air Force to give our deployed intelligence edge when planning and conducting opera

“Force level electronic warfare is used by the ADF to identify and locat intercepting the electronic emissions of enemy forces given off by syste radio commu

“The information gathered is used by the ADF's deployed forces to f forces, discern their intent and provide threat information to other AD the area of operations. It also contributes to the preparation of assessments.”

The ADF has a range of electronic warfare systems aimed at interceptin from an adversary's communications, surveillance and weapon contr However our ability to intercept these signals needs to be updated to keep up with technologically advanced modern military systems. Pro

The Army will be equipped with signals interception technology that can light vehicles and supported with an improved communications networ on the ground will also get new elec or deceive enemy radio communications and radar systems. The systems will be a new capability for th

The Air Force and Navy will receive equipment for their major aircraf that is capable of intercepting signals from a range of threat systems. systems will enhance or replace existing ADF capabilities and will exten of the ADF's electronic warfare capabilities.