Defence has partnered with Saab Australia to provide fully integrated maintenance support for the Army’s Ground Based Air Defence and Radar capability.
Brigadier Ed Smeaton, Director General Land Manoeuvre Systems, said that consolidating existing arrangements into one Australian-managed prime contract with Saab would streamline operational support and save money.
“It delivers a more responsive and cost-effective solution for the support of a number of different radars, training and weapon systems designed to protect Australian soldiers and their equipment”, Brigadier Smeaton said.
The three-year contract with Saab is worth $30 million.
Saab is working with a number of key Australian businesses as part of the contract: Genpower Australia will provide support for mobile training facilities, and Opentec Solutions, a company that has previously worked with Defence to assist in peacekeeping operations, will supply rugged portable electronic computing equipment.
Finally, CD Power will provide off-grid and mains-fail backup power, allowing the Army’s radar system to operate under all conditions.