Air Defence Operator
About the Job You and your unit have deployed some of the worlds most advanced early warning radars and ground based air defence weapon systems; you have an enemy jet approaching your forces fast. At this speed, you and your team have only seconds to make a decision. What do you do? This is where the highly specialised training of an Air Defence Operator (Artillery-Air Defender) will make you the right person to make the big call.
As an Air Defence Operator it's your job to deploy and use some of the most advanced surface to air missile and surveillance radar systems in the world to detect, identify, acquire and destroy enemy aircraft. The Air Defender role is separated into the Operator Ground Based Air Defence and the Sense Warn and Locate streams. The Operator Ground Based Air Defence Stream involves the use of air defence missile systems to neutralise air threats and the Sense Warn and Locate Stream includes the operation of surveillance radars and sensors to detect and identify air threats.
Combined, the two streams provide a potent capability to the Australian Defence Force. The Army's core values are a vital part of being successful as an Air Defence Operator (ECN 237). Utilising the Bushmaster Protected Mobility vehicle, your team will need to move fast as you and your regiment defend the deployed ground forces.
You will have many opportunities to travel and often be called upon to support the Air Force and aboard ships with the Navy too. It's a job where you'll work hard but you'll play hard too. The amenities at Woodside (South Australia) are second to none with top-class sporting facilities at your disposal, and best of all you'll be based just a short drive to Adelaide.
In the Army, this role is known as Operator Air and Missile Defence Systems (ECN 237) Your duties: The duties listed below are those that you could be expected to perform, but note that not all duties are performed in each position. Assemble and operate advanced radar and weapons systems Detect, identify, acquire and engage hostile aircraft Provision of local defence Minor servicing and maintenance of artillery equipment and protected vehicles Operation of combat communications equipment and command systems and General soldiering duties, such as manning defensive positions, patrolling, traffic control, camouflaging of vehicles and field equipment, and navigation.