Electronic Systems Division

Within the Electronic Systems Division (formerly Electronic and Weapon Systems Division), the through-life support of electronic systems materiel is managed across 18 System Program and System Support Offices. The other two Offices reported in the Defence Annual Report 2006-07 were transferred to the new Explosive Ordnance Division.

The 18 offices cover command and control systems, communications, airspace surveillance and control systems and their supporting radars, electronic warfare systems (including self protection), and satellite communications and tactical interoperability systems. In 2007-08 a high level of sustainment effort was directed to effective support of ADF operations, which was achieved concurrently with achievement of agreed sustainment targets of equipment fleets.

Achievements

Challenges

Wide Area Surveillance Capability

The ADF's Over the Horizon Radar wide area surveillance capability, which includes the Jindalee Operational Radar Network, regularly met or exceeded operational availability requirements of the Air Force, providing surveillance over the northern sea and air approaches to Australia. Two new primary support contracts were implemented with support to the three major ground stations in Western Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory. Control elements in South Australia were further rationalised and standardised. Features of the new contracts include a new rate of effort, to match the capability managers' operational needs for wide area surveillance, and rationalisation of support responsibilities between the two prime support contractors. Work has progressed on implementing a single software development and engineering environment across the two contractors and Defence, with implementation progressing through the first quarter of 2009.

Battlespace Communications Systems

PhotoBattlespace Communications Systems comprises a range of radio and trunk systems used for transmitting voice and data primarily in support of land-based forces. Obsolescence issues are beginning to affect the risk profile of this product group; however, all of the ADF's important sustainment needs are currently being met. A contract for five years in-service support of the Battlefield Telecommunications Network was signed in June 2008 with BAE Systems Australia, providing maintenance, spares management and engineering support services, including proactive obsolescence management. During the year consolidation of heavy grade repair engineering and supply support of selected single channel radio systems equipment and ancillaries proved to be very successful. Resource savings have been redistributed to other high priority tasks, including support to operations.