will expand its support of an Australian air defense command and control system, Vigilare, under a new five-year $60 million contract announced Thursday with the Australian Department of Defense.
Defense Australia (BDA) will provide engineering, maintenance, training and system updates for Vigilare, which provides battlespace management for the Royal Australian Air Force's (RAAF) air defense surveillance network. The system first became operational in 2010, facilitating communication between RAAF's airborne early warning system and control aircraft, fighter jets and Royal Australian Navy ships.
The system is operated from two control centers, one at the north and one in the eastern region of Australia.
“The contract ensures that this essential air surveillance and battle management system continues to be cost-effectively maintained and relevant to the Australian Defence Force’s requirements, including the need to be interoperable with a wide range of defense and civil systems,” said Bill Madley, general manager for BDA's information and operational services unit.