South Australian firm REDARC Electronics has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with UK-based advanced manufacturing company MARL International to manufacture and support special light emitting diodes (LED) to be installed in the Type 26 Global Combat Ship.
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That’s if BAE Systems is successful in its bid to construct the nine Future Frigates for the Australian Navy under project SEA 5000.
BAE Systems is one of three firms under consideration, with a decision set to be announced early in June.
The agreement with REDARC was facilitated through BAE Systems Australia’s Global Access Program and has aligned two similar companies to work together to share technology.
That will enable local manufacturing and ongoing support of the advanced LED lighting solutions required for the GCS.
REDARC said the MOU further expanded MARL International and REDARC involvement in the international defence sector.
It covers an agreement to exchange technology to enable REDARC to manufacture LED lighting components, control systems and power supply units designed by MARL in the UK specifically to support military vessels.
This agreement also opens the path for MARL and REDARC to offer LED lighting solutions to other maritime programs in Australia.
MARL managing director Adrian Rawlinson said the support provided by BAE Systems’ Global Access Program enabled them to bring two great companies together.
“Not only will this relationship allow us to transfer technology enabling the local manufacture and ongoing support of our LED lighting technology in Australia, but it also allows our companies to collaborate on other opportunities on a larger scale,” he said.
“REDARC offers MARL the opportunity for a single relationship into Australia, where REDARC will use its local supply chain to provide the entire LED lighting solution for maritime contracts.”
MARL International is a privately-owned British company founded in 1973 to provide custom LED lighting and electrical solutions to the European and US aviation, rail and defence sectors.
REDARC managing director Anthony Kittel said the company had established itself as a high-quality SME in the Australian military vehicle and naval systems sector over the past five years.
“This latest announcement is a great testament of our ability to work in the competitive defence sector,” he said.
“It means we are well positioned to provide world-class innovation to help BAE Systems deliver Australian industry content on the most advanced frigate in the world.”
Founded in 1979, REDARC is a privately-owned Australian SME successfully supplying patented electronic solutions to global markets including automotive, mining, defence and emergency services.