World-class research on the radar

A new collaborative centre at The University of Adelaide is set to accelerate research into the high frequency (HF) radar technology that plays a critical role in the country’s safety.

The JORN Open Innovation Network (JOIN) Centre for Advanced Defence Research in HF Technology (CADR-HFT) was established by the University, the Department of Defence and BAE Systems Australia. The establishment of the Centre is set to develop the highly specialised workforce required to underpin the world-leading capability in HF systems and Over-The-Horizon-Radar (OTHR) for the Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN).

JORN – which is currently being upgraded and managed by BAE Systems – provides surveillance and coverage of Australia’s northern air and sea approaches using Australian-developed HF technologies. It plays a vital role in supporting the Australian Defence Force, border protection, disaster relief, and search and rescue operations.

Located at The University of Adelaide’s North Terrace Campus, the Centre will build on enhancing the radar performance through research, as well as provide a pipeline of talent for the OTHR innovation ecosystem. Staff recruited for the CADR-HFT will be sourced from across the globe and will include two professorial chair positions.

Vice-Chancellor and President of The University of Adelaide, Professor Peter Høj AC, explained the university is proud to be involved in this collaboration to maintain the nation’s sovereign defence capability.

“The JOIN Centre for Advanced Defence Research in HF Technologies will be a focus for some of the University’s best minds who will work on cutting-edge science and technology,” said Professor Høj.

“The new Centre will sustain a skilled workforce for a sovereign capability and promote innovation to support JORN and other Defence projects involving high-frequency technology.”

These sentiments were echoed by Chief Sensors and Effectors Division at the Defence Science Technology Group, Dr Sylvie Perreau, who said the partnership will deepen the industry talent pipeline.

“It is essential that we grow sovereign skills, encourage innovation and invest in novel technologies, to ensure that Australia maintains the highest level of military capability, and scientific and technological sophistication,” said Dr Perreau.

CEO of BAE Systems Australia, Ben Hudson, added that advancing the nation’s industry is a core value for the organisation, and a shared goal with the Commonwealth of Australia and University of Adelaide.

“The JOIN Centre represents a new era of collaboration and will create opportunities, expedite research and lead to breakthrough advancements in high frequency systems,” said Mr Hudson.

“It will continue Australia’s reputation as being a world-leader in the development and export of high frequency technology.”