AFP, SYDNEY: Australia and the United States announced a new boost to their extensive military cooperation Monday with plans for a five-year joint research project into advanced radar and early warning systems.
Under the agreement, the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) and the US Air Force Research Laboratory will work on active array radar modelling and radar detection performance prediction, the DSTO said in a statement.
“The results of the research are likely to be critical to long-term radar support and the development of future phased array radars,” said Len Sciacca, chief of the DSTO electronic warfare and radar division.
He said key Australian military projects would directly benefit from the joint research, including the “Wedgetail” airborne early warning and control system being developed for the air force.
The radar research project is the latest example of the close and growing military ties between Australia and the United States.
Australian troops fought alongside US forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and recently announced it was studying the possibility of establishing a joint training base with the Americans in the country.