RaytheonÂ has received a $9.3 million contract from Australia’s defense department to support the first phase of a $1.54 billion air defense project.
The departmentÂ said WednesdayÂ Raytheon’s Australian arm will conduct a year-long risk mitigation activity for the country’s futureÂ Short Range Ground Based Air Defense system.
Christopher Pyne, Australian minister for defense industry, said risk mitigation efforts will examine the potential advantage of the system to Australia.
Pyne added the ground-based air defense system will function as the “innermost layer” of an updated air and missile defense platform operated by the Australian army.
The projectÂ also seeks to explore potential technology upgrades for the final National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System configuration, as well as test NASAMS integration withÂ CEA Technologies‘ phased array radar system and Thales Australia‘s Hawkei and BushmasterÂ mobility vehicles.
Australia’s defense department will use Raytheon’s work to produce aÂ detailed analysis of the air defense project’s first phase and submit a report to Australia’s government in 2019.
The company plans to host workshops later this year to inform Australian industry on supply chain opportunities under the project.