Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia celebrates more than 10 years of supporting Australian and New Zealand Defence
On November 10, 2023, Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia celebrated more than 10 years of its presence in Australia. An opportunity to welcome our customers and partners in the region to present the new infrastructures on our Botany site and promote our investments in the service of the Australia and New Zealand sovereignty.
“New horizons”: the theme of the event organized on November 10 by Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia (SED Australasia) on its Botany site was exciting!
A slogan which above all had the merit of illustrating the company's ambition: to offer the Australian Ministry of Defence and the New Zealand Defence Forces the next generation of Navwar and resilient PNT products which will enable them to stay ahead of the curve over the next 15 years.
After celebrating the 10th anniversary of the creation of Safran Electronics & Defense in Australia and recalling the Group's presence there for 45 years, several recent initiatives were highlighted:
- The inauguration of a new floor of the Botany building made it possible to concretely illustrate our commitment: almost 1,000 m² additional space has now been fitted out to accommodate new R&D spaces and a highly secure room dedicated to classified programs.
- Carried out on site and praised by customers, the In Service Support of products and equipment will benefit from a new warehouse in Botany from 2024. An announcement which once again proves how the top priority remains the satisfaction of our customers.
- Because R&D is an essential foundation for innovation, SED Australasia has just joined forces with the University of Sydney and announced the signing of an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding): for a period of three years, it is focused on the priorities set by the Australian government, in particular the development of technologies in the areas of PNT (particularly in a denied-GNSS environment) and robotics/autonomous systems.
- Finally, this event was the opportunity to inaugurate an artwork created by an Aboriginal artist, present for the occasion. The painting symbolizes Safran Electronics & Defense’s commitment to its customers.
More than 70 people, customers, end-users and Officials, were welcomed for the event, including Matt Thistlethwaite, Australian Assistant Minister for Defence, and Captain Mathew Ryan, Director Maritime Cross Platform System Program Office.
Our guests had the opportunity to discover the SED Australasia new premises in Botany and visit the workshop activities. The teams also presented them with mockups of our main equipment, in live demonstrations: the Euroflir optronic system, our range of portable optronics including the JIM Compact binoculars, the naval observation system VIGY, the Navkite product (first PNT system combining an inertial navigation system with a time server), as well as simulators (one of optronic masts, the other of satellite systems, SKYDEL).
Thank you to our customers and partners for their trust: it is our driving force!