More engineers to be trained for HF radar

Monday, 19 October, 2020

More engineers to be trained for HF radar

Australia’s Department of Defence is joining up with BAE Systems Australia and the University of Adelaide to advance interest in the study of HF radar technology, in an effort to increase the number of specialist-trained engineers.

An MoU has been signed that will see the establishment of a Centre for High Frequency Technologies.

Of prime concern is increasing knowledge and understanding of the domain in which Australia’s Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) — an over-the-horizon HF radar — operates.

“This MoU formalises the JORN Open Innovation Network, which will promote innovation and cross-disciplinary research on the science and engineering of HF systems,” said Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds.

“It is a significant step forward in growing and strengthening a highly skilled sovereign HF radar workforce and technology pipeline.”

“The Centre will develop and commercialise new technologies that will benefit defence industry and Defence’s ability to transition innovation into capability,” added Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price.

“This key partnership comprises a five-year extendable program that will assist academia to provide undergraduate and postgraduate education in an area of critical importance to Defence.

“Ultimately, the program will also bolster employment opportunities in upper-atmosphere physics and radio-frequency engineering.”

Pictured: JORN antennas. Image courtesy Department of Defence.

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