Following on from the success of last year's Defence Technologies Institute (DTI) initiatives, Saab Australia has agreed to partner with the University of South Australia (UniSA) to collaborate on the design of future combat consoles for submarines and naval surface platforms.
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The collaboration will take place under the DTI and will bring together Saab’s experience in design and knowledge of high performance consoles for combat management with UniSA’s industrial design and human factors expertise.
Minister for Education and Training and senator for South Australia Simon Birmingham welcomed the latest collaboration.
"This highlights the potential of what some of the brightest minds in our universities can achieve when they team up with cutting-edge businesses to solve the challenges industry faces," Minister Birmingham said.
"Saab and UniSA’s collaboration is also skilling up the next generations of South Australians to take advantage of the jobs boom from the Turnbull government’s $89 billion naval shipbuilding investment."
Under the DTI, UniSA students in STEM related fields have been working with Saab to build industry experience within the defence sector. Saab hosted projects for students from engineering, IT, maths and sciences, varying from single semester to yearlong honours’ projects. UniSA researchers with Saab are also exploring augmented and virtual reality, and human-centred solutions for combat readiness.
These two research areas have been the focus of a number of workshops, masterclasses and seminars attended by hundreds of Saab employees, showing a great willingness to engage in future research development opportunities, and helping to guide the design of future projects.
"Saab is working closely with UniSA so that for generations to come, graduates from this partnership will build a skilled, technologically savvy workforce with defence capabilities," said Andy Keough, managing director of Saab Australia.
Saab Australia was recently selected to provide the combat management system (CMS) and tactical interfaces for all ships in the Royal Australian Navy and was also selected by Navantia to provide its 9LV (CMS) for the Canadian Surface Combatant program if Navantia is selected as the designer.