Attack-class submarine subsystems design subcontracts announced

Safran Electronics has 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 for the Attack-class future submarines.

Under the subcontracts, Acacia Systems will deliver prototypes and interface simulators, which will in turn enable Lockheed Martin Australia to conduct test activities and validate the integrated performance of the combat system in its Adelaide-based Combat System Architecture Laboratory.

Meanwhile, Thomas Global Systems will carry out the design of processing hardware for the optronics masts, navigation radar and navigation data distribution systems.

Minister for Defence Senator Linda Reynolds called the signing of these subcontracts “a positive next step in growing Australian industry involvement in the program as we transition towards detailed design and the construction of the fleet.”

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price added that the subcontracts will allow Safran to leverage the expertise of these local companies, demonstrating the important contribution of Australian businesses to Defence capability.

These latest subcontracts follow the October 2019 awarding of a subcontract from Lockheed-Martin Australia to Safran Electronics for the design of components for the Attack Class submarines, which already noted at that time that both Acacia Systems and Thomas Global Systems will be engaged “to provide design services”.

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Kym Bergmann
Kym Bergmann is the editor for Asia Pacific Defence Reporter (APDR) and Defence Review Asia (DRA). He has more than 25 years of experience in journalism and the defence industry. After graduating with honours from the Australian National University, he joined Capital 7 television, holding several positions including foreign news editor and chief political correspondent. During that time he also wrote for Business Review Weekly, undertaking analysis of various defence matters.After two years on the staff of a federal minister, he moved to the defence industry and held senior positions in several companies, including Blohm+Voss, Thales, Celsius and Saab. In 1997 he was one of two Australians selected for the Thomson CSF 'Preparation for Senior Management' MBA course. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of companies including Raytheon, Tenix and others. He has served on the boards of Thomson Sintra Pacific and Saab Pacific.


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