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Media Release
Greg Hunt MP
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Flinders

11 February 2005

Melbourne company wins radar contract


Mr Greg Hunt, Parliamentary Secretary with ministerial responsibility for the Bureau of Meteorology today announced that Melbourne-based company, Environmental Systems and Services Pty Ltd (ES&S) has been awarded a contract to supply weather radar equipment as part of a $62 million national upgrade of the Bureau's weather technology.

Mr Hunt said the contract award follows an extensive international tendering process conducted over the past year.

"I am pleased that ES&S, a highly regarded Australian company with an established track record in meteorological systems, will play a key part in this high technology initiative aimed at improving the Bureau's weather services to the community," Mr Hunt said.

The contract is one of a number of major contracts being placed with Australian and international suppliers to enable the Bureau to upgrade and renew its extensive weather radar network as part of a $62 million federal commitment to ongoing service improvement for the Australian community.

The upgrade includes

Environmental Systems and Services has been contracted to supply radar equipment manufactured by DRS Weather Systems in the USA. This equipment is to be combined with Bureau-developed radar sub-systems to provide a cost-effective solution for the majority of sites in the Bureau's radar network upgrade.

Mr Hunt said that the Bureau's partnership with ES&S has been the foundation of its radar network development and renewal for more than 10 years.

"The relationship has also extended to overseas installations. During the same period, the Bureau and ES&S have co-operated to support weather radar installations for some of Australia's Asian and Pacific Island neighbours," Mr Hunt said.

Under the Contract, ES&S will supply weather watch radars plus spares over the next five years, with a collective value in excess of $11m. The Bureau has the option to continue the arrangement for a further 5 years subject to its future requirements.

The first radar to be supplied under the new contract will be ordered this month. It is expected to be installed in Queensland in the first half of 2006.

Media enquiries:
Fiona Murphy (Mr Hunt's office) 0423 577 045

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