Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia has officially launched a leading-edge facility in Sydney today that will enhance the future capability of the ADF.
The facility has around 100 square metres of new workrooms including a state-of-the-art clean room, laser room, a climatic chamber and specialised equipment, as well as about 200 square metres of office space for 25 people with room for expansion for up to 50 people.
Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne officially opened the Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia state-of-the-art workshop, saying, "This new facility is a vote of confidence in the defence industry and will let Safran better support the ADF."
Safran’s workforce has increased from 11 to 25 in just over a year and the company is projecting even further growth in the year to come.
Minister Pyne said that Safran already delivers and supports complex systems to a variety of ADF platforms including the Collins Class submarines and the MRH-90 and Tiger helicopters.
"Safran has developed apprenticeship programs covering mechanics, logistics and business management," Minister Pyne said.
Sydney-based Safran Electronics & Defense’s Australian activities were established in the 1990s. As a fully owned subsidiary of Safran Electronics & Defense, the company has complete access to Safran's OEM knowledge and global network to locally support its customers.
Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia delivers and maintains high performance equipment and solutions across a range of key ADF platforms, including:
- Inertial Navigation Systems on coastal minehunters (SIGMA 40);
- Inertial Navigation Systems on Collins class submarines (SIGMA 40XP);
- Infrared search and track systems on Anzac, LHD and AWD vessels (Vampir NG);
- Optronic roof mounted sight on ARH Tiger helicopters (STRIX);
- Inertial Reference System on MRH90 helicopters (IRS); and
- Portable optronics (JIM LR, JIM COMPACT, MOSKITO TI , VECTOR etc).
Minister Pyne said, "This will ensure that Safran and other Australian defence companies have access to a trained, highly skilled workforce well into the future."