UK defence and security electronics system specialist SEA has signed an MoU with Australian owned Daronmont Technologies in order to bring leading-edge combat and communications systems to the SEA 1000 and SEA 5000 programs.
Daronmont Technologies is an Australian specialist in the design, engineering, integration and support of complex high technology electronics and software-intensive systems.
The MoU provides a basis for the two companies to bring to Australia some of the world's most advanced combat and communications systems to specifically address Royal Australian Navy requirements outlined in the Future Submarine (SEA 1000) and Hunter Class frigate (SEA 5000) programs.
Steve Hill, managing director of SEA, said, "SEA’s objective is to bring the best of today’s technology to Australia to enable world-leading future naval combat and mission systems development."
Drawing upon its established UK and international business activities, SEA is well placed to bring to Australia its flexible, open-architecture communication system and vendor-independent weapons launcher systems to meet Australia’s Future Submarine and Frigate requirements.
Through the combination of their respective technology, IP and expertise, the SEA-Daronmont partnership will look to generating sustainable Australian industrial capability that is based on uniquely indigenous solutions, robust supply chains and whole of life cycle support solutions.
"The inherent synergies that have been identified between SEA and Daronmont – including our collective experience and capabilities – means that we have high confidence in our ability to deliver leading-edge technology solutions combined with recognised indigenous experience in Australia. Collectively, both of our enterprises stand in a unique and established position," Hill explained.
Daronmont CEO Ben Norris expanded on this, saying that the new partnership has potential to significantly enhance the quality of locally-sourced industry content and components for both the SEA 1000 and 5000 new military capability solutions.
"Daronmont is therefore excited by the opportunities for technology transfer and local capability growth that will be enabled through the MoU with SEA in the short term, as well as the longer-term potential to develop sovereign industry capability in South Australia that can support regional export business opportunities through SEA’s established global supply chain," Norris said.
On behalf of the South Australian government, Defence SA chief executive Richard Price offered his congratulations to Daronmont and SEA on their strategic partnership to work collaboratively on major Australian naval shipbuilding projects.
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"South Australia is home to a strong and capable defence industry, and it’s fantastic to see our innovative local companies forging international partnerships to maximise business opportunities and play a critical role [on] these once-in-a-generation naval shipbuilding programs," Price said.
SEA 1000 is the Royal Australian Navy's future submarine program, which will see the six Collins class vessels replaced by 12 'regionally superior' conventional attack submarines based on Naval Group's Shortfin Barracuda conventional variant of the French Navy's nuclear powered Barracuda attack submarine.
The $35 billion SEA 5000 program will deliver nine Hunter Class guided missile frigates to the Australian Navy to replace the Anzac Class frigates. The vessels are based on the BAE Systems Type 26 Global Combat Ship and will provide the Navy with one of the most potent anti-submarine warfare platforms in the world.
Both the future submarines and the Hunter Class vessels will be built at Osborne Shipyards in Adelaide.