Warfare solutions expert granted $17m Ghosthawk contract

Electronic warfare solutions company SRC Aus has expanded operations after winning a contract to produce data sets for operational missions for the future fifth-generation Air Force, including the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter.

At the opening of SRC Aus’ new Canberra office on Monday, it was announced the company had won a $17 million defence contract to help deliver the Ghosthawk mission support system to be used to produce trusted mission data sets, providing jobs for 15 engineers in Adelaide and eight in Canberra.

“SRC Aus will play a vital role in developing our fifth-generation air combat force. Ghosthawk replaces our existing mission information systems with an integrated, next generation intelligence support system capable of collecting, manipulating and disseminating data to our pilots and their aircraft.” said Defence Industry minister Christopher Pyne.

“The data from Ghosthawk underpins the key information advantage the JSF will bring to the Air Force – data on weapons, radars, other aircraft and EW systems, all integrated with the fighter’s on-board suite of advanced mission sensors to create unsurpassed situational awareness.”

This will grow expertise in the field of complex electronic warfare information and analysis, and develop a uniquely Australian information product for the JSF, as well as work closely with our partners overseas.

“This is an excellent example of an overseas Defence company seeing an opportunity in the defence sector here in Australia and bringing their expertise here to employ Australians in advanced, high tech jobs” Pyne added.

Australian industry is a crucial part of bringing the JSF into action in Australia. Thus far, more than 50 Australian companies have directly shared in more than $800 million in production contracts, with hundreds more companies indirectly benefiting through supply chains.

In addition to the contract, SRC Aus’ parent company SRC Inc. is under contract for developing the Ghosthawk mission support system valued at $92.7 million.