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International success for BAE SYSTEMS Australia defence software tool

28 Oct 2002

BAE Systems Ship Air Defence Model (SADM) analysis tool has been selected by two of the United States premier naval research and development agencies; the Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division and the Naval Research Laboratories.

"This establishes BAE Systems Australia as a leading developer of operational analysis tools for use by departments of defence worldwide," said Mr Peter Osbourne, Project Manager Ship Air Defence - BAE Systems Australia.

The United States joins Australia's Defence Science and Technology Organisation's (DSTO) Electronic Warfare Division and six defence and research organisations in Canada, who are already using the SADM tool.

SADM is an operational analysis software tool, which simulates the defence of a naval task group against multiple attacking anti-ship missiles and aircraft. The model simulates ship self-protection and force protection using missiles, guns, decoys, chaff and jammers.

"Our knowledge of these systems, through our work on Nulka and the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile, has enabled us to produce a model that can be used to perform studies on ship system configurations, to support test and trials planning and analysis and to develop weapon system and ship warfare tactics," Mr Osbourne said.

"SADM stands out from competitive solutions as it integrates a whole spectrum of systems, rather than focusing solely on radar or missiles, for example. With SADM you get the full picture, thus avoiding stovepipes.

"The end result is that our customers can better evaluate the capability of a ship to defend itself in a multi-threat environment.

"SADM also runs on a PC and the simulation software is optimised to shorten run times. This means that instead of days, it takes just minutes or hours to carry out a batch scenario," Mr Osbourne said.

In Canada, SADM has been installed at the Canadian Forces Maritime Warfare Centre in Halifax; Defence Research and Development Centres in Ottowa and Valcartier; Naval Electronic Warfare Centre in Ottowa; Maritime Operational Research Team in Ottowa; and Tactical Operational Analysis Group in Halifax.

Future applications of the SADM technology will include a ground-based air defence analysis tool and a UAV system survivability analysis tool.

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