Up-skilling to world standards

24 July 2020

JEDS, which recently hosted the launch of Australia’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grants, has up-skilled two electrical engineers with specialised training for the company’s near field scanning anechoic chamber at their Sydney head office.

Thanks to a $7000 Capability Improvement Grant through the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC), JEDS has increased their knowledge base to internationally-competitive standards, enhancing their competitiveness in both Australia and overseas.

JEDS Managing Director Peter Jenkins, who founded the company in 1989, said he appreciated the support of the CDIC.

'The advice and monetary assistance from the departments of Industry and Defence, through the Centre for Defence Industry Capability, has been outstanding,' Mr Jenkins said.

'The training our engineers needed was only available overseas. As a result, they now have the expertise to maximise the availability of our near field scanning anechoic chamber for both domestic Australian users, and also overseas-based original equipment manufacturers looking to support their microwave radio-frequency products within Australia rather than routinely returning them overseas.'

'This enhances our competitiveness in Australia and also provides a potentially significant decrease in the turnaround time of equipment,' Mr Jenkins said.

JEDS specialises in the design, manufacture and marketing of electronic warfare products, including software, and the service and support of electronic warfare, radar and radio communications systems.

Based in Sydney, JEDS employs 38 people, providing equipment and support for major projects including the Royal Australian Navy’s Guided Missile Destroyers and ANZAC Frigates. It was the first small-to-medium sized enterprise to sign a collaborative agreement with Australia’s Defence Science and Technology to boost development of military electronic surveillance systems.