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BAE Systems taps SA firm to support frigate, subs programs

The global defence prime has selected a South Australia-based technology company to support its suite of projects, including the Hunter Class frigate program.

The global defence prime has selected a South Australia-based technology company to support its suite of projects, including the Hunter Class frigate program.

BAE Systems has announced that 3D volumetric display technology developed by South Australian company Voxon Photonics will be leveraged to support its UK-based submarine business and the Australian Hunter Class frigate program.

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Voxon has been tasked with delivering its bespoke displays to provide 3D visualisation to test situational awareness, systems integration and specialist engineering design applications.

This comes just months after Voxon, along with BAE Systems, Flinders University and the University of South Australia, was awarded a Defence Innovation Partnership grant to support the advancement of the technology.  

Voxon is now expected to focus on scalability, ruggedisation and specific operating functions, designed to have multiple applications across all Defence domains.

BAE Systems first partnered with Voxon at the Hunter Class Innovation showcase in Melbourne in 2019, with the Global Access Program team already supporting engagement opportunities with potential users, including the research and development team within BAE Systems’ UK Submarines business.

"Our collaboration with Voxon has and will continue to explore opportunities for the integration of the company’s technology across our programs and has the potential to significantly influence a suite of sovereign industrial capability priorities aligning with key objectives of the global supply chain program,” BAE Systems Australia CEO Gabby Costigan said.

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“The Global Access Program is providing ongoing support to Voxon and has also implemented new initiatives that will expedite Voxon’s research and development efforts.”

Voxon CEO Gavin Smith added, “Voxon would like to acknowledge the support that BAE Systems has given to specialist SMEs like ourselves via the Australian industry Global Access Program team.

“The team has been highly engaged with us from the beginning and established connections for us with the broader BAE Systems international business.”

[Related: BAE Systems wins US$184m ACV contract]

BAE Systems taps SA firm to support frigate, subs programs
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