Raytheon stages successful trial at Woomera

Raytheon Australia has successfully led a flight trial of the LAND 19 Phase 7B Short-Range-Ground Based Air Defence (SRGBAD) system at the Woomera Test Range in South Australia.

The successful trial confirms the SRGBAD system’s accuracy and capability as an advanced defence mechanism for detecting, tracking, engaging and guiding missiles against their targets.

Flight Trial Lead Henri Westell said testing the system’s effectiveness was “a mammoth task.”

“There’s a significant amount of planning that goes into a trial as large and complex as this,” said Mr Westell.

“Planning, communication and adaptability are extremely important factors. It’s about understanding the capabilities you need to demonstrate, what mission systems you require to execute those capabilities, which people and what expertise you need to achieve success, and what assets or facilities you need to support those people and the capability demonstration.”

LAND 19 Senior Program Manager Paul Szoboszlay explained the trial has set the stage for a new era of integrated air and missile defence operations.

“Seeing the whole system brought together and operating in its intended environment reinforces to our team the contribution we are making towards our ultimate objective, which is to put awesome capability into the hands of the Australia war fighter,” he said

“By collaborating and engaging with our industry partners, we are delivering a program that not only meets the customer’s needs but also reinforces Raytheon Australia’s role as the capability partner for Defence.”

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