A South Australia-based defence prime is running a recruitment drive to attract engineers, following on from the federal government mandating the use of its combat management system across the Royal Australian Navy fleet.
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Saab Australia is targeting software, hardware, systems and cyber security engineers as it looks to significantly increase its workforce by up to 600.
"We are looking to significantly increase our workforce from 350 to around 600, following the government’s decision to support our key role in Australia’s growing defence industry," said Andy Keough, managing director of Saab Australia.
"Our recruitment drive is nationwide, providing opportunities across a broad spectrum of defence and civil projects and extensive research and development. Our plans are long term, offering careers, not just jobs."
In October, the government confirmed Saab Australia will provide its 9LV Combat Management System – the brains of the ship – for all ships in the Navy, except the Future Frigates and Air Warfare Destroyers (AWDs).
The Future Frigates and AWDs will have an Aegis combat system with an Australian developed SAAB interface to manage the non-American systems. The technology will allow the vessels to shoot down long-range missiles as part of the government's efforts to counter threats from rogue states.
Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne welcomed the announcement by SAAB.
"This is a wonderful undertaking by Saab Australia who is looking to attract software, hardware, systems and cyber security engineers," he said.
The recruitment drive also follows Saab’s recent announcement to expand its facilities in collaboration with UniSA, creating more than 200 new jobs in Adelaide alone.