Silentium secures $7.4 million passive radar order

Adelaide-based Silentium Defence has secured a $7.4 million contract from the Department of Defence to supply its MAVERICK M-series passive radar system to the army for capability development and evaluation.

Silentium’s MAVERICK M-series is a soldier-portable, covert radar system for air defence, land, and maritime surveillance.

It monitors reflections from battlefield radiation sources such as radios and radars to provide soldiers with a picture of their environment and, unlike active radars, is undetectable to an adversary.

CEO Silentium Defence Dr James Palmer said: “The battlespace continues to evolve, and we see greater penetration of new, unmanned aerial systems alongside traditional threats that put our troops, operations, and assets in harm’s way.

“Comprehensive situational awareness with sufficient time to act has never been more critical.

“Our MAVERICK M-series passive radar system, designed in collaboration with Defence provides that awareness without compromise. This is true world class technology, developed right here in Australia.”

Unlike traditional active radar systems, passive radar does not require spectrum allocation to operate which makes it more cost effective to deploy in a world where spectrum is increasingly expensive and elusive to secure.

Picture: Silentium Defence

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