Chief of Joint Capabilities, Lieutenant General John Frewen has officially opened the Pitt-Johnston Electromagnetic Warfare Research Centre, a collaboration between Joint Capabilities Group and the Defence Science and Technology Group. This purpose-built facility boasts a highly secure environment with first-class laboratories, workspaces and high-end information technology to test the survivability of Defence platforms on the electromagnetic spectrum.
Frewen said the facility demonstrated the strong nexus between operations, technology, science and industry required in modern warfare. “The location of this facility was carefully considered to optimise the contribution of Defence Science and Technology Group, while leveraging the operational experience within co-located units and the Defence Industry Hub in Adelaide,” Frewen said. “Industry support and collaboration has also been instrumental in the facility becoming operational and remains essential to operating a number of systems housed in the research centre. This world-class research centre is a major boost to Defence’s Electromagnetic Warfare Program and reinforces the Edinburgh Defence Precinct as a critical hub.”
The Pitt-Johnston Electromagnetic Warfare Research Centre is named after Wing Commander Mark Pitt and Group Captain Wayne Johnston, recognising their outstanding contributions to the development of Joint Electromagnetic Warfare capabilities.