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High-tech workshop to support mobility of the ADF

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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.

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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. 

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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."

High-tech workshop to support mobility of the ADF
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