UK electronics systems provider SEA has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Daronmont Technologies to support the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) submarine and naval shipbuilding programmes.
Daronmont is a wholly Australian-owned defence company that focuses on the design, engineering, integration and support of complex high technology electronics and software-intensive systems.
The collaboration will enable the two firms to introduce advanced combat and communications systems that would help support the RAN’s Future Submarine (SEA 1000) and Hunter-class Frigate (SEA 5000) programmes.
SEA managing director Steve Hill said: “SEA’s objective is to bring the best of today’s technology to Australia to enable world-leading future naval combat and mission systems development.
“Our focus on the continual development of open subsystems that can be applied to a range of prime contractor-developed platforms, is part of the reason why we are able to provide such market-leading capability.”
As part of initial activities under the agreement, a specialist cell will be developed at Daronmont’s Adelaide facility next year. The cell will be equipped with new training and simulation capabilities provided by SEA.
SEA will offer its open-architecture communication system and vendor-independent weapons launcher systems to address the Australian Navy’s future submarine and frigate programme requirements.
Commenting on the partnership, Daronmont Technologies chief executive officer Ben Norrissaid: “Daronmont is therefore excited by the opportunities for technology transfer and local capability growth that will be enabled through the MoU with SEA in the short term, as well as the longer-term potential to develop Sovereign Industry Capability in South Australia that can support regional export business opportunities through SEA’s established global supply chain.”