iXblue, a company specialising in the design and manufacturing of advanced navigation technologies, and L3Harris Technologies signed a Memorandum of Understanding at Pacific 2019 aimed at strengthening iXblue’s support system throughout the Australasian region.
iXblue supplies its inertial navigation systems and subsea technology to a number of customers in the region, including to the RAN. The company is now seeking to expand its regional support network and is investing in Australian industrial capability.
The two companies aim to deliver a scalable sovereign sustainment framework for the iXblue products used by the ADF, as well as a greater support capacity in general for iXblue customers throughout Australia, NZ and the South Pacific.
“We are very impressed with the capability and experience offered by L3Harris’ Brisbane-based workforce,” David Donohue, Managing Director of iXblue Australia, said. “We are sure that they will be a great addition to our regional support network and look forward to taking greater advantage of Australian skills and ingenuity in support of our products and services in the region.”
“L3Harris is pleased to partner with iXblue with a view to providing in-country support, integration and sustainment for their high-performance maritime navigation systems,” Sarah Earey, Managing Director of L3Harris’ Micreo, said. “L3Harris has a very strong network across the region with the skills and facilities for assembly, integration, calibration, repair and support of complex systems, and we’re proud to be able to offer these services to organisations such as iXblue to enable Australia to benefit from advanced technologies from across the globe.”
Separately, L3Harris received an EPIC Supplier Excellence Award from Raytheon. L3Harris’ Micreo operation has been working with Raytheon’s Space & Airborne Systems division based in California since 2007, providing specialized Radio Frequency (RF) processing subassemblies for integration into Raytheon’s Radar Warning Receivers.
L3Harris has designed three RF subassemblies specifically to meet Raytheon specifications and manufactured over 3,000 units, which are integrated into military aircraft worldwide, including the F/A-18s, F-16s, KC-46s and C-130Hs.