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New electronic warfare centre will “boost Australian economy”

A $90 billion Australian defence project to build submarines and surface warships has named Adelaide’s RAAF Edinburgh Base as the location for a new electronic warfare centre. The base will receive laboratories, simulation equipment and testing support systems that will help determine the best way to attack enemy ships and tanks while protecting Australian Defence Force personnel.

$375 million is being invested in the establishment of the centre, which (along with the rollout of 100 petrol tankers) is expected to create hundreds of jobs. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne told The Australian the new centre would be a “boost for the Australian economy”.

BAE Systems Australia and Ultra Electronics Avalon Systems have won the contracts to deliver the electronic warfare equipment.

RAAF Base Edindurgh is known as a “defence super-base”, and is the centre of Australia’s military intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare capabilities.

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