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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon. Fran Bailey, MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence


01 Oct 2002 MIN 532/02

TRAINING RANGE SAFETY IMPROVING Defence’s training ranges around the country will become safer with the introduction of a new communications capability, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence Fran Bailey announced today.

Fran said that the project - Standard Training Area Range Safety Network (STARSN) would create or upgrade safety communications capability on each of the 24 training areas Australia-wide.

"This will mean that pockets of training ranges that are currently not covered by the existing combat radio system will now be covered," Fran said. "One frequency will be dedicated to range safety.

"This is a sensible and cost-effective solution that will boost Defence’s capacity to react quickly in case of accidents and increase safety on the ranges."

The project integrates products from a number of Australian and New Zealand suppliers valued at $10.5m and involves acquisition of new equipment, installation and follow-on support.

"STARSN is a commercial system that has been adjusted to be compatible with military systems," Fran said.

The selected commercial equipment has performed successfully in practical trials and a full-scale training area demonstration prior to final selection. The highest priority training area is Puckapunyal Training Area, with installation commencing 29 November for completion by 9 December 2002.









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