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Cobham, Acacia partner on aircraft upgrade and through-life support program

Cobham, Acacia partner on aircraft upgrade and through-life support program

South Australian defence software and systems engineering provider Acacia Systems has partnered with Cobham Special Mission to undertake a modification project for the Dash-8 surveillance aircraft in Adelaide.

South Australian defence software and systems engineering provider Acacia Systems has partnered with Cobham Special Mission to undertake a modification project for the Dash-8 surveillance aircraft in Adelaide.

The companies have confirmed that they have partnered together to undertake aircraft integration work at Cobham’s Adelaide site, upgrading both the technology within Cobham’s Dash-8 surveillance capabilities as well as their ground centre.

This isn’t the first occasion in which both companies have partnered together on a project.

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“Cobham and Acacia have a successful track record collaborating on customised Mission Management Systems (MMS) for aircraft considered national Tier 1 assets,” James Woodhams, managing director of special mission at Cobham said.

“Acacia is designing and developing the software integral to the success of our Dash-8 aircraft modification project that is currently underway.

“The partnership will extend beyond Project Slingshot, with Acacia providing long-term through-life support for the software, including further development and improvements.”

Cobham undertakes in-house upgrades of their fleet of surveillance aircraft, engaging with local businesses to support their capability.

“We are extremely proud of the work we have done with Cobham to date and are thrilled to continue this strategic partnership to develop and install custom software that contributes to safeguarding Australia,” Ted Huber, founder and chairman of Acacia Systems said.

The partnership between the two companies has already developed innovative benefits for the Australian economy with the development of Australia’s first MMS system, ensuring companies no longer rely on imported MMS technology.

“We are committed to working with smart Australian companies – such as Acacia to continue to innovate and build our capability within civil and military domains in Australia and abroad,” Woodhams said.

 [Related: Cobham, CAE Australia launch joint AIR 5428 bid]

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