Two Australian companies have signed subcontracts for the design of key subsystems in the Attack class submarines program.
Safran Electronics subcontracted Adelaide-based Acacia Systems and Western-Sydney based Thomas Global Systems for the design of the Optronics Search and Attack, Navigation Radar and Navigation Data Distribution systems.
Under the subcontracts, Acacia Systems will deliver prototypes and interface simulators, enabling Lockheed Martin Australia to conduct test activities and validate the integrated performance of the combat system in its Adelaide-based Combat System Architecture Laboratory.
Thomas Global Systems will carry out the design of processing hardware for the optronics masts, navigation radar and navigation data distribution systems.
“The subcontracts with Acacia Systems and Thomas Global Systems will allow us to achieve our shared objective of actively transferring the design of key submarine technology to Australia and supporting local employment,” Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia’s CEO, Alexis de Pelleport, said.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the subcontracts allowed Safran to leverage the expertise of these local companies, demonstrating the important contribution of Australian businesses to Defence capability.
“These contracts are building Australian industry capability while also involving Australian industries and their workers in the delivery of the Attack class submarine,” Minister Price said.