(Crawley, February 10, 2006) -- Thales UK’s AMSTAR (Australian Man portable Surveillance and Target Acquisition Radar) was has been formally accepted into service at a ceremony attended by senior Australian military officials at Enoggera in Australia. The AMSTAR radar will provide the Australian Army with an enhanced enemy detection capability, based on leading edge technology. The contract to supply 58 AMSTAR radars, part of Australia’s NINOX (Project Land 53) program established to enhance night-fighting capability, was initially awarded to Thales UK by the Australian Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) in August 2000.
AMSTAR, the latest MSTAR Ground Surveillance Radar (GSR) is lightweight, man portable or vehicle mounted providing all-weather target detection and classification capability at ranges over 30km. New functionality includes automatic target recognition and littoral modes. The MMI (Man Machine Interface) is also a significant improvement upon its MSTAR predecessor with advanced and comprehensive mapping features, giving the operator superior situation awareness.
General Clinton Wong, 131 Surveillance and Target Acquisition Battery (STA Bty) said, “The 131 STA Bty is the first unit to receive the AMSTAR radars, which will augment existing perimeter surveillance equipment, NVGs (Night Vision Goggles) and thermal imagers to provide a suite of sensors that can be tailored to specific operational conditions including ground surveillance, border security, coastal watch, and protection of high value installations.”
Further AMSTAR deliveries are being supplied to Army units around Australia for training and operational deployment throughout 2006.
Richard Deakin, Managing Director of Thales UK’s aerospace business said: “We are proud to be providing state of the art radar equipment to the Australian Army. The introduction into service of the AMSTAR radars is a major milestone on this contract and the project management of our Australian partner, ADI significantly contributed to its success. We look forward to extending our relationship further as our work continues with additional deliveries and support. Over 800 MSTAR systems have been sold worldwide.”
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About ADI Limited
ADI, a joint venture of Thales and Australian company, Transfield Holdings is Australia’s leading defence, systems and engineering company. It provides a greater range of technologies, products, services and systems to the Australian Defence Force than any other Australian company. ADI employs more than 2,500 people Australia and has an annual turnover of around (AUS) $700m.
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