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Selex ES GmbH, a Leonardo company, has been awarded a long term contract by the Australian Bureau of Meterorology, to supply and install a number of C- and S-band meteorological radar systems over the next four years, with an option to extend that period to ten years. The new systems will support the Bureau in providing timely and accurate information and services to assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment.

The Bureau of Meteorology currently operates 62 meteorological radars in its country-wide network. It intends to gradually replace these systems throughout the life of the framework contract and will use state-of-the-art C- and S-Band radar systems manufactured by Leonardo, following the selection of the company as the sole source of supply after a competitive tender. In submitting its successful bid the company was assisted by its subsidiary in Australia, which will be providing through-life support and installation services in-country.

The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia's national weather, climate and water agency. Its expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the Bureau provides one of the most fundamental and widely used services of government.

Leonardo’s meteorological radar systems will be provided to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology under a new long term contract announced at the World ATM Congress in Madrid this week. (Photo: Leonardo)

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