The firms have formed a partnership to advance their bid for Defence’s Integrated Solider System program.
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BAE Systems Australia, Safran, and Nova Systems Australia and New Zealand have partnered to establish ‘Team SABRE’ — a co-operative formed to secure the contract for the Commonwealth government’s LAND 125 Phase 4 Integrated Soldier System (ISS) project.
Team SABRE aims to leverage BAE Systems’ robotic and autonomous platform capability, Safran’s experience supporting soldier modernisation projects, and Nova Systems’ ADF capability acquisition and realisation experience, to demonstrate suitability for the Defence program.
“Safran has decades of experience in delivering soldier modernisation projects of similar complexity around the world, including the French Army’s FELIN and CENTURION programs,” Alexis de Pelleport, Safran Pacific’s CEO, said.
“The SABRE solution will provide the Australian dismounted solider with a capability and decision-making edge over any adversary, now and into the future.”
According to Team SABRE, the firms’ LAND 125 bid is centred on harnessing new technology to respond to “rapidly changing threat environments”, reducing the burden placed on modern soldiers.
“There is no off-the-shelf or turn-key solution to this challenging and complex project,” Steve Robinson, Nova Systems CEO, said.
“Nova Systems brings our considerable experience and know-how in delivering C4ISREW capabilities in Defence, and our credentials as a 100 per cent Australian owned and operated company to the team.
“Importantly, the sovereign capabilities Nova Systems is growing through Team SABRE will remain in country and will support future ADF capability realisation across all domains.”
BAE Systems Australia chief technology officer Brad Yelland said the prime is well placed to provide support for the design, development and delivery of autonomous solutions across the air, land and sea domains.
“As the land autonomy lead for the TAS-DCRC and in partnership with Australian Army on the M113 OCCV program, our skilled engineers and specialists will deliver next-generation sovereign autonomy technology to Team SABRE,” he said.
“Our diverse range of autonomous technologies also include highly advanced navigation, mapping, vision and safety systems.”
Team SABRE has committed to offering ICN opportunities and collaborating with local organisations if selected for the program.