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Raytheon Selects US Company for Bushmaster EW Systems

Raytheon Australia has selected Pacific Defence, a US-based open systems integrator that provides Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) mission products and solutions, to deliver electronic warfare (EW) systems at the strength for Australia’s Land 555 Phase 6 program.

The Land 555 Phase 6 (Tranche 2) EW upgrade was announced by Defense Industry Minister Pat Conroy in July.

“Raytheon Australia has been contracted to provide the Army with a Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle-Medium Force Level Electronic Warfare capability under Project Land 555 Phase 6 Tranche 2. This project builds on the delivery of Tranche 1 of additional electronic warfare systems and facilities already provided to the military through Land 555 Phase 6 Tranche 1,” a defense spokesperson said.

“The contract (which consists of two parts) has been awarded to Raytheon Australia to provide the ground electronic warfare capability that will complement existing systems and improve the ability to deter, defeat and deny attacks and threats.

“The capability is expected to be delivered in late 2025 and will provide the military with a force-level electronic warfare capability to be interoperable with joint and coalition partner electronic warfare systems.

“Land 555 Phase 6 will provide electronic support and electronic attack capabilities mounted on the Bushmaster platform: In addition to electronic support and electronic attack, Land 555 Ph 6 will provide dedicated command and control capability, to better coordinate EW effects on the battlefield.

“The army receives electronic warfare products and specialized support from local subsidiaries of major international defense companies.”

Minister Conroy said at the time of the announcement that Australian industry would be involved in supply, training and maintenance support.

“The project will inject over $46 million into Australian industry, helping to strengthen our sovereign defense industrial base, supporting the delivery of several sovereign industrial capability priorities and developing the skills of our local workforce,” said Minister Conroy.

The new EW systems will be installed on Bushmaster vehicles and will be interoperable with EW systems acquired by the RAAF, RAN and other members of the Five Eyes community, including the US military.

Chassis-based EW systems will feature a range of plug-in boards and mission software, including wideband software-defined radios (SDRs) and EW application software, enabling electronic support (ES) for detection of signal and electronic attack (EA) jamming techniques.

“Our company is at the forefront of advanced Multi-Function Radio Frequency (MFRF) mission solutions fully aligned with CMOSS and SOSA technical standards,” said Frank Pietryka, vice president of Pacific Defense. “Our focus on CMOSS mission system integration, as well as software and modular plug-in board development, enabled us to meet the requirements of the Land 555 mission.”