The government has awarded Safran Electronics & Defence Australasia a contract for in-service support to the RAN’s infrared search and track systems.
The company will provide maintenance and support services to the Navy for five years, with options to extend for up to 15 years. The scope of work includes full support and maintenance of systems including engineering management, maintenance management and inventory management.
“The new contract will extend the company’s Australian footprint and support local employment with the addition of seven fulltime employees,” Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne said.
“[Safran's] investment in its Botany facility and technical team will see the transfer of expertise to Australia to enable repairs to be conducted locally in the future.
“This will lead to a significant reduction in repair timeframes as significant sub-components will no longer need to be returned to France for overhaul and repair.”
“[Safran] advises that it will also analyse local supply chain options to increase Australian Industry Capability,” Minister for Defence Industry Linda Reynolds said.