The Commonwealth's mandating of the Saab 9LV combat system for the Royal Australian Navy has provoked a recruitment drive for software, hardware, systems and cyber security engineers by the company.
Saab Australia currently employs 350 engineers but envisages it will need almost double that to meet the demand of the work schedule. Both Offshore Patrol Vessels, commencing construction next year, and Future Frigates, scheduled for steel cut in 2020, are earmarked for the system, which the Anzac class frigates and Adelaide class LHDs already employ.
Saab has also been tasked to provide a tactical interface for the Hobart Class guided missile destroyers when their Aegis combat system is upgraded in coming years and the two new replenishment ships will be equipped with an integrated combat system based on 9LV.
Managing director of Saab Australia Andy Keough said the drive is nationwide, providing opportunities across a broad spectrum of defence and civil projects and extensive research and development.
“Our plans are long term, offering careers, not just jobs.”
Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne welcomed the drive and said it followed Saab's recent announcement to expand its facilities in collaboration with UniSA.