Saab Australia has announced a formal partnership with US autonomous systems and undersea warfare company ThayerMahan to explore avenues to expand and enhance Australia’s sovereign undersea warfare capabilities.
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ThayerMahan is a global leader in undersea operations and engineering that harnesses acoustic and oceanographic science to design and develop modern sensors, platforms, and algorithmic solutions.
Saab Australia managing director Andy Keough CSC, said the demand for undersea surveillance systems in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region had grown significantly in recent years.
Keogh said, “The partnership brings together Saab’s sovereign system integration expertise and autonomous maritime capabilities with ThayerMahan’s world-leading autonomous underwater surveillance technology.
“This is an exciting partnership that will accelerate the integration of proven robotic and autonomous systems with surveillance capabilities that enable persistent underwater surveillance to protect Australia’s seas, underwater assets, and borders,” Keogh added.
ThayerMahan’s maritime and undersea domain expertise includes experienced former US Navy submarine commanders, sonar operators, mine warfare specialists, and professional acoustics engineers with deep experience in operations, modelling environments, and developing solutions to meet customer requirements.
ThayerMahan chairman and chief executive officer Michael Connor welcomed the announcement and partnership with Saab Australia, saying, “Our partnership with Saab reflects our mutual interest in providing innovative, relevant, and cost-effective solutions to support maritime and undersea capabilities. We are pleased to be partnering with Saab to contribute to Australia’s maritime and undersea security capabilities.”