Safran Electronics & Defence Australasia is a subsidiary of the international aerospace and defence company Safran. On a path of growth and investment in Australia, Safran Electronics and Defense Australasia recently established Research and Technology (R&T), and Design and Industrialisation (D&I) teams. To support its growth, Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia moved into a new facility in Botany, south of Sydney at the end of 2018.

Safran has produced and continuously evolved over 23,000 FELIN soldier systems for the French Army as well as contributing and leading soldier modernisation programs around the world for decades.

To meet the requirements of L125-4, Safran Electronics & Defence Australasia will leverage its global experience in soldier modernisation programs and lead a consortium which combines the best Australian experience and knowledge available in autonomous systems, and complex program delivery. To this end, Safran has partnered with BAE Systems Australia and Nova Systems to form Team SABRE to bid for L125-4.

The Project

L125-4 aims to enhance the ADF’s ability to respond with new technology to rapidly changing threat environments, whilst reducing the cognitive and physical burden placed on modern soldiers. Team SABRE will design integrate and deliver its Soldier Augmentations and Battlefield Robotic Enablers solution in Australia with maximum participation of Australian Industry.

Team SABRE is committed to achieving the objectives of the Defence Industry Policy Statement and its approach to development and innovation with Australian Industry is founded on 3 pillars. These are:

  1. A product agnostic approach for the full scope of equipment to maximise opportunities for Australian suppliers to win work
  2. Development of local facilities, equipment and supply chains to decrease or eliminate dependence on overseas facilities
  3. Foster innovation, knowledge transfer, skill development and IP creation, to make the Australian Defence Industry’s workforce smarter and more capable.

The full scope of equipment the ADF is seeking to procure is open to supply from Australian Industry. The project also includes the provision of simulation systems, training and R&D services among others and Team SABRE will seek industry and academic partners across these areas, in addition to the supply of soldier equipment and robotics.

Through Team SABRE, Land 125-4 presents an opportunity to create a truly Australian Integrated Soldier System.

More information about the project you can find here

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