The global military survey technology and mine countermeasures provider detailed their plans to created more than 100 new skilled jobs in Australia if it is successful for SEA 1905.
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The number of jobs is expected to grow over time, as Exail begins transferring knowledge and technology to Australia, and local production of the components commences.
The SEA 1905 Tranche 1 program is seeking solutions for autonomous minehunting and military survey systems which can be deployed from the shore, vessels of opportunity, and Arafura Class offshore patrol vessels that will be adapted to operate the mission packages.
Under the bid, the team has committed to delivering third-generation maritime countermeasures and military survey solutions to Navy, where it will transfer technical knowledge to support them build Australian industrial capability in the field.
The jobs pitched by Exail span artificial intelligence, cyber security, software engineering, research and development, logistics and supply chain management, naval robotics and project management.
If successful, the company will establish offices at strategic locations across Australia.
The primary location is expected to include a centre of excellence, which will cover secure storage, training and advanced maintenance facilities at Port Kembla and support units operating out of Jervis Bay.
A second facility is expected to be created near Botany Bay for training activities.
Meanwhile, the project management and system engineering team will be co-located with UGL in their North Sydney headquarters, near HMAS Waterhen. It is hoped this will support ongoing efficient collaboration with the Royal Australian Navy.
Exail has also announced plans to expand their facilities to the west coast.
Exail SEA 1905 capture lead Daniel Scourzic explained that the company will help make Australia a naval robotics hub through technology and knowledge transfer.
“Securing the SEA 1905 contract would allow us to not only bring state-of-the-art technologies to Australia but also to create genuine high-value, long-term employment opportunities in the country,” Scourzic detailed.
“We’re talking about jobs in major high-tech areas from AI and cyber security to software for mission management, leveraging our very successful UMISOFT TM software suite as well as robotics. Our aim is to make Australia a hub of cutting-edge naval robotics technologies.”
The company is collaborating with an Australian supply chain, including UGL, Acacia Systems, Solutions from Silicon, and Mission Systems.
Exail chief executive officer Dominique Giannoni added that the team will bolster Australia’s sovereign capabilities.
“We specifically selected our Australian partners to ensure we could deliver value-for-money to the Commonwealth by working with the best qualified partners to deliver the most effective and rapid solution to Australia.
“Our partnerships aim to bolster Australia’s sovereign capabilities, ensuring the country not only benefits from the transfer of advanced technologies but also from the creation of localised expertise and know-how,” he said.