World Leading Force Protection
Transforming Australia's Integrated Air and Missile Defence Capability
The 21st century threat environment demands the most up-to-date equipment and capability to achieve battlespace dominance. Raytheon Australia is working with Raytheon Technologies and KONGSBERG to develop Australia’s new Short Range Ground Based Air Defence capability to replace the Australian Defence Force’s existing capability which is nearing the end of its life-cycle.
Raytheon Australia will provide Army with a ground-based surface-to-air missile system that will have a beyond-visual-range capability for the first time. This project is called LAND 19 Phase 7B, and it represents the inner-tier of the land-based Integrated Air and Missile Defence capability—a further step towards delivering a truly integrated joint battlespace for the ADF.
Raytheon Australia’s innovative precision weapons are already providing layers of defence and distributed lethality capability, tested in development and proven in combat around the globe. Our approach to LAND 19 Phase 7B is no different; through integrated weapons systems to ensure mission success on land, at sea and in the air, we stand ready to deliver the capability to defend the nation. The company is at the forefront of transforming Australia’s Integrated Air and Missile Defence capability, with a uniquely Australian solution to design, deliver and sustain the next generation Short Range Ground Based Air Defence capability.
In 2017 the Australian Government announced first pass approval to acquire the proven Raytheon/KONGSBERG National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System (NASAMS) capability that is operated by, or under delivery to, 11 nations, including the United States. It also selected Raytheon Australia as the Prime Systems Integrator to deliver Army’s future Short Range Ground Based Air Defence capability. The company also signed a risk mitigation activity contract with the Commonwealth to cover extensive risk mitigation activities in support of the program.
NASAMS is a state-of-the-art weapon system that will enable the Army to quickly detect, engage, and destroy aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, and cruise missile threats. Further, NASAMS will reduce the effect of indirect weapons through the provision of a Counter Rocket Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM) Sense, Warn and Locate capability. This capability will also provide early warning and targeting information against relevant threats to deployed forces. It is the right system, at the right time, to fill the ADF’s existing ground based air defence capability gap.
Raytheon Australia is committed to the role of local suppliers as part of a sovereign and capable Australian Defence industry. That is why the company is working closely with the Government and Department of Defence to maximise the amount of Australian Industry Capability for the LAND 19 Phase 7B program.
In June 2019, Raytheon Australia marked the official commencement of the LAND 19 Phase 7B program, with the signing of the acquisition contract with the Australian government. This was followed by the establishment of subcontracts with partners KONGSBERG Defence & Aerospace and Raytheon Missiles & Defense.
In September 2019, the functional baseline for the system was established at the System Requirements Review. With support from key defence stakeholders and industry partners, the successful completion of this review resulted in release of the system specification, enabling the program to move into the preliminary design phase.
Six months after the completion of the System Requirements Review, Raytheon Australia and partners completed the Preliminary Design Review, held mid-way through the design cycle in April 2020. Raytheon Australia successfully held the Preliminary Design Review using a virtual collaborative environment, because of the coronavirus pandemic, ensuring review activities were conducted on schedule, whilst maintaining the health and safety of all involved.
The Preliminary Design Review, which included over 90 participants from three continents, was the result of six months of dedicated effort by the Raytheon Australia team, supported by KONGSBERG, Raytheon Missiles & Defense, Thales and CEA Technologies.
The program’s Australian Industry Capability commitment of more than 50 per cent of Australian content is being realised through the work of Raytheon Australia’s skilled systems integrators and engineers in South Australia, working alongside a number of Australian suppliers and SMEs including KONGSBERG Defence & Aerospace, Daronmont Technologies, Eylex, CEA Technologies, Thales, Harris, Varley, Redarc and Multi Media Concept Pty Ltd.
The LAND 19 Phase 7B capability will come to life in Raytheon Australia’s future South Australia headquarters, the Centre for Joint Integration, or CJI. The component parts of the LAND 19 Phase 7B system will be assembled on-site in the centre’s integration facility, keeping jobs in Australia. The CJI will support the assembly, integration, testing, acceptance into service and in-service support for the LAND 19 Phase 7B program, as well as other integrated air-and-missile projects.