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February 17, 2011
AIR LIFT crews travelled to Sweden
to pick up the latest system protecting
Australian and coalition personnel in
Built by SAAB, the Counter
Rocket Artillery and Mortar (C-RAM)
Sense and Warn system has been
installed at Tarin Kot in Afghanistan
and will provide early detection of
attacks by the enemy.
The system was loaded on board
RAAF Hercules and Globemaster
aircraft in Sweden late last year and
transported to Afghanistan.
The system consists of a leased
Giraffe radar, a number of lightweight
counter mortar radars and command
and control and warning equipment.
Additional C-RAM systems will be
progressively deployed to Afghanistan,
including a number of lightweight
Being a first-time load for the
RAAF, the system was assessed by
engineers and loadmasters from the Air
Movements Training and Development
Unit before its first flight.
Defence Minister Stephen Smith
said the new system replaces the
previous capability provided by the
Singaporean Armed Forces.
"The early warning provided by
the C-RAM system greatly enhanc-
es the survivability of Australian and
other ISAF forces from these attacks,
providing increased warning of an
imminent attack to enable them to take
appropriate shelter," Mr Smith said.
Defence will replace the leased
radar with three purchased systems
under an $86 million contract from
Commander Air Lift Group
AIRCDRE Gary Martin said deliv-
ery of the system demonstrated the
commitment by Air Force to support-
ing Australian and coalition forces in
"The acquisition of this system by
Defence will provide a higher degree
of protection to our forces on the
ground, so we are proud to be able
to support its delivery into theatre so
quickly," AIRCDRE Martin said.
SAFE ARRIVAL: A RAAF movement team at Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, unloads the C-RAM Sense and Warn
system after the flight from Sweden.
Photo: SPC Jennifer Spradlin
Big Swedish arrival
Air Force delivers C-RAM to our troops
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