Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia

Safran Navigates Australia’s Future Submarine Program

Oct. 16, 2019
Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia brings impressive navigation technology to the Australian military.

As part of a $36.77 million contract, Lockheed Martin Australia and the Australian Department of Defence have appointed Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia Pty Ltd. to design three major combat system components for the country’s Future Submarine Program. The contract, in force through May 2023, is for that combat system’s optronic search and attack mast, navigation radar, and navigation data distribution components. Prototype components and interface simulators developed as a result of the contract will enable Lockheed Martin Australia to validate the performance of the combat system in its Combat System Architecture Laboratory (CSAL) in Adelaide, Australia.

Safran will subcontract two Australian companies, Acacia Systems and Thomas Global Systems, for the design and development of software and hardware, respectively. More than 11 full-time positions will be created within Safran and its partners as a result of the contract. “Lockheed Martin Australia, in concert with the Department of Defence, is committed to maximizing opportunities for Australian industry involvement through all phases of the Future Submarine Program,” said Joe North, Lockheed Martin Australia and New Zealand chief executive. “Safran represents the international benchmark in submarine optronic and navigation systems, and we are honored to welcome the company and its partners to our Australian combat system team.”

Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia is an innovative designer of hybrid navigation equipment based on RF and optoelectronic technologies. The subsystems resist intentional and unintentional electromagnetic (EM) jamming.

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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