Queensland communications system manufacturer EM Solutions has signed an acquisition contract to deliver Naval SATCOM solutions for the Royal Australian Navy.
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The $150 million acquisition contract for the SEA 1442 Phase 5 Work Package was signed by EM Solutions and Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) at Russell Offices in Canberra.
EM Solutions has been selected as the prime contractor for the contract to modernise both the primary and alternate SATCOM for the RAN Fleet using EM Solutions’ King Cobra and Cobra SATCOM terminals over the next seven years. A further $50 million is provided in material and service purchases by CASG once the initial program deliverables are approved.
The development of each terminal has been supported by Australian Defence through the Defence Innovation Hub and earlier Concept Technology Demonstrator programs.
EM Solutions vice president of programs John Logan said the company will continue to work with existing partners and develop new sovereign component and subsystem suppliers for its Naval maritime SATCOM systems.
“The signing of this contract is the result of a close collaboration between EM Solutions and CASG since the announcement in early 2022 that EM Solutions had been selected to respond to a limited release tender for Work Package 1 of the SEA 1442 Phase 5 program,” he said.
“It has been a learning journey to ensure the delivery of optimised, cost-effective capability to our sailors in the future.
“Through a technology evolution program, EM Solutions aims to support Navy in managing SATCOM technology evolution and obsolescence management continuously.
“The trust shown by the ADF in EM Solutions, transitioning from a component supplier to a prime contractor, is a credit to everyone who has contributed to our business to achieve this significant milestone, as with our previous contract negotiations with CASG.”
Logan said the contract will provide significant growth with around 30 new positions at the company’s head office in Brisbane.
EM Solutions has an existing contract with CASG to support the deployed Cobra systems and those previously acquired for new ship builds.