Elbit Systems of Australia (ELSA) has announced that the company has finalised a range of security, governance and IT upgrades, making the business “a full-fledged Australian sovereign subsidiary”.
Elbit Systems of Australia, the Australian subsidiary of global defence prime Elbit Systems, has confirmed the completion of wide ranging security, governance and IT upgrades that included the creation of an Australian-based secure software factory for the safe development of Australian-only protected software.
Major General (Ret’d) Paul McLachlan AO, CSC explained that the upgrades, which have been in progress since 2020, have been implemented to make ELSA “a more Australian subsidiary”.
“ELSA’s transformation strategy was also in response to a gradual, but significant shift in the Commonwealth of Australia’s policy regarding the involvement of non-Five Eyes companies working across defence industry, and further exacerbated by the recent AUKUS alliance,” McLachlan said.
Among the “disruptive” technologies provided by the company is the E6 Battle Management System (BMS), which McLachlan described as “a weapon in and of itself”.
“[The BMS] has the capacity to fuse information from all levels of sensors across the land air maritime and space domains. It can identify and allocate targets. It can task traditional units or autonomous platforms,” he explained.
Throughout the IT and security upgrades, ELSA engaged leading IT provider Accenture as the company’s primary strategic partner to enhance its “Australian only” capabilities.
“Accenture Australia partnered with ELSA in 2020 to support the design, development and implementation of IT infrastructure to augment our existing capacity to produce secure and trusted sovereign products, aligning global baseline production methods with the requirements of our Australian customers,” McLachlan said.
“The transformation of our Australian business across governance, physical, cyber and personnel – including the recent appointment of Australian Dr Karen Stanton as chair of ELSA’s board of directors and our new board security committee and appointments, meet and exceed the requirements for a high level of Defence Industry Security Program.”