REDARC Defence Systems said it has signed a partnership deal with US-based Abaco Systems. REDARC and Abaco Systems will collaborate on multiple emerging Australian opportunities, including LAND400, Air6500, Plan Jericho, Loyal Wingman and others. Both teams have complimentary capabilities in rugged embedded hardware manufacturing, integration, global supply chain, and logistics, along with deep expertise in Australian industries. This optimum mix of portfolio and capabilities will enable modernisation of Australian defence programs across all domains, while positioning for emerging technologies and programs such as hypersonics, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and directed energy.


REDARC Defence Systems, based in South Australia, was formed in 2019 from REDARC Electronics to service the growing Australian and global defence markets. For 40 years REDARC have designed and manufactured advanced electronics equipment including power conversion, battery health and usage monitoring, towed vehicle brake controllers and sensing, as well as, control and power distribution. REDARC is dedicated to performance and maintaining quality as key approaches to its business model. REDARC and Abaco Systems are each uniquely committed to innovation – making a partnership ideal.

The decision to move forward with a strategic partnership came after introductions were made by Team Defence Australia at Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI 2019). REDARC and Abaco have since positioned the partnership to align with Australian government requirements and drive Australian sales in major defence programs leveraging the Abaco global sales team.


Abaco’s head office is based in Huntsville, Alabama in the United States. With more than 30 years’ experience, Abaco Systems is a global leader in open architecture computing and electronic systems. They provide advanced rugged embedded computing solutions and is known as a global leader in open architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defence, and industrial applications.

Anthony Kittel, managing director REDARC said “the partnership with Abaco Systems is the next step for REDARC being able to offer ruggedised embedded computing application capabilities in Australia for our local defence customers. A real benefit is that this relationship is mutual with REDARC drawing on Abaco’s expertise to secure contracts on Australian programs and Abaco using REDARC’s advanced manufacturing and supply chain to broaden its capabilities in Australia. I would like to thank the staff at Team Defence Australia for once again assisting REDARC in growing our defence footprint.”

John Muller, chief growth officer, Abaco Systems, said “with a matching commitment to innovation, this partnership will provide opportunities to utilise each organisation’s expertise in defined markets for common benefits. Abaco is pleased to work closely with REDARC to drive home opportunities throughout Australia and into other global markets.”

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