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Address 44 Aero Road, Ingleburn, NSW 2565
Phone (02) 9829 1555
Contact John Brady
Email Mobile 0419 914 881
Stand NSW Stand 1V16
Established in 1981 and still owned
& operated by one of its two original founders, Rojone is proudly one of Australia’s top RF & microwave design, manufacturing and distribution companies. Occupying our own 1830 square metre facility at Ingleburn, NSW, we employ over 80 dedicated professionals to service over 2,000 domestic & international customers. Rojone offers quality products from RF & circular connectors, coaxial cables through to military microwave components & systems from world-leading manufacturers such as Radiall & Times Microwave.
Address 24 Powers Road, Seven Hills NSW 2147
Phone (02) 9624 9800
Contact James Zegir
Email james.zegir@rpctechnologies.
Mobile 0434 301 038
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RPC has a strong track record in Land
Forces and is currently delivering the contracts for Land 155 – Enhanced Gap Crossing Capability Sustainment, Land 121 Phase 3B – design and manufacture for the Bridge-to-Boat Interface (BBI), and Land 121 Phase 4 to manufacture and support the Hawkei Dashboards. RPC also supplies ballistic protection spall curtains and liners for the Bushmaster vehicle and the M113 and M113A armoured personnel carrier. RPC works in both Advanced Composites and speciality metal fabrication.
Address Block W, 391 Park Road, Regents Park NSW 2143
Phone (02) 8723 6500
Contact Robert Riede
Email Mobile 0459 212 625
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Thomas Global is an industry leader in
the design, production and support of innovative electronic systems solutions for Aerospace and Defence applications. Since 1956, the Company has gained global recognition for practical innovation and dependability. Thomas Global delivers expertise in advanced cockpit displays, armoured vehicle electronics and mission system solutions supported by dedicated service and support teams operating around the world. The Company’s key facilities are located in Sydney, Australia and Irvine, California.
CBR defence – now is the time
GOVERNMENTS and security analysts regularly reinforce that the risk of chem- ical, biological or radiological attacks is low. However, with reports of chemical and biological agent incidents around the globe becoming more common, CBR defence will increasingly present some of our most imperative modern se- curity challenges.
Until now, the primary focus of most Governments and Defence Forces has been directed toward mitigating risks associated with more traditional threats against our people, and our domestic and international assets. For geographically isolated countries like Australia, the perceived need to establish robust systems for detecting and responding to CBR incidents at home and abroad has historically been low. The complexity of the potential threat, the immaturity of technol- ogy for detection, and the expense associated
with establishing the capability have also been factors for pushing CBR security into the “too hard basket”. But, has CBR security been overlooked for too long?
Given the recent use of nerve agent in the UK, the biological incident in Germany, chemical weapon use in Syria, and the threat of nuclear force, the CBR agents and weapons being used today would appear to be very real. If such an incident did occur on Australian home soil, it would have catastrophic impacts on our people and long-term repercussions to our way of life.
Fortunately, with advancements in tech- nology and our understanding of CBR agents, their uses and detection, there are real solutions available to improve our cur- rent CBR security level here and abroad. Systems that monitor air, water and soil quality and provide source detection in the immediate vicinity and from a dis- tance, are available and are in use in other nations. These systems can complete real
time analysis of detected contaminants and feed this information back into cen- tral databases, to provide our leaders with the information required to make timely, accurate and well-considered decisions.
The adaptability of these systems is probably the greatest advantage of the technological improvements that we have seen in this space. Now much of the detection equipment can be mounted to aircraft, submarines and vehicles or can be integrated into handheld devices used by our people on the ground. And with advancements in drone and robotic equip- ment, there are distinct opportunities to maximise remote detection capabilities and reduce risk to our operators, and ulti- mately our people.
The technology is here, the systems are available, and the need is evident, so why wouldn’t we invest in ensuring that we have the highest level of protection for our people? Its not one for the too hard basket. In fact, it is easy, and possible today.
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