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Silentium to support Saab’s counter UAS program

Silentium to support Saab’s counter UAS program

The defence and aerospace company has signed an MoU with Saab Australia to support the development of counter UAS and situational awareness solutions.

The defence and aerospace company has signed an MoU with Saab Australia to support the development of counter UAS and situational awareness solutions.

Passive radar and surveillance systems developer Silentium has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Saab Australia.

Under the MoU, which was signed by Silentium Defence chair Kim Scott and Saab Australia managing director Andy Keough CSC, the companies will co-operate to advance complementary capabilities in counter UAS (C-UAS) and situational awareness solutions.


According to, Dr James Palmer, CEO of Silentium Defence, the partnership is a reflection of growing demand for the unique capability advantage passive radar capabilities deliver for established surveillance systems and platforms.

“Highly customisable, our systems are agnostic by design to allow integration with varied technologies and platforms, both current and future-state,” he said.

Scott added that the partnership would expand the firm’s reach in both domestic and international markets.

“Working with Saab and other customers and partners to explore additional applications of our technology in the fast-moving C-UAS and surveillance sectors makes sense both commercially and in terms of impact potential for Silentium Defence,” he said.

“This particular MoU will give Silentium Defence additional access to local and global civilian and Defence markets to help expand application of our passive radar systems to protect what matters.”   

Keough said the prime’s collaboration with Silentium was part of its ongoing commitment to support Australia’s local defence industry.

“Partnerships of this nature provide opportunities to translate Australian industry knowledge into unique technologies, build our sovereign capability and create jobs for the future,” Keough said.

“As an expert in integrated command and control systems, we understand discretely detecting objects of interest provides a distinct advantage for our customers, and passive radar technology is a key enabler of that capability.”

He concluded: “We look forward to working with the Silentium Defence team to create unique technologies for real-world challenges.”

This latest announcement comes just weeks after Saab confirmed it had signed contracts worth up to $20 million to provide the Royal Australian Navy with anti-submarine warfare (ASW) training system AUV62-AT, along with five years of in-service support.

The prime contractor has agreed to deliver the AUV62-AT system in 2022, after which it is expected to provide ongoing in-service operational and maintenance support through to 2027, in co-operation with local industry, including long-standing Newcastle-based partner BlueZone Group. 

[Related: Saab secures Royal Australian Navy contracts]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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