Safran lands Australian Navy infrared search and track systems upkeep deal

Illustration: RAN photo of AWD destroyer Hobart during sea trials

The Australian government has awarded Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia (SEDA) a contract for in-service support to the Royal Australian Navy’s infrared search and track systems.

Australian defense minister Christopher Pyne said as the prime contractor, SEDA would provide maintenance and support services to the Navy for five years, with options to extend for up to 15 years.

“The new contract will extend the company’s Australian footprint and support local employment with the addition of seven fulltime employees,” minister Pyne said.

“SEDA’s investment in its Botany facility and technical team will see the transfer of expertise to Australia to enable repairs to be conducted locally in the future.

“This will lead to a significant reduction in repair timeframes as significant sub-components will no longer need to be returned to France for overhaul and repair.”

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