Euronaval 2018 saw the celebration of new partnerships forged between South Australian defence businesses and key international companies on major shipbuilding projects.

South Australian advanced manufacturing company and Virtual Shipyard participant REDARC Electronics and local manufacturer Rowlands Metalworks have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with German naval C2 and navigation system integrator Raytheon Anschütz to partner on future Australian naval projects.

REDARC Electronics has established itself as a key player in defence and naval systems, supplying patented solutions to the Australian and international heavy commercial and defence vehicle sectors. Raytheon Anschütz selected REDARC for a key integration activity for its Integrated Navigation and Bridge Systems, which is expected to present a range of opportunities for the company, both in Australia and the broader Asia-Pacific region.

Lonsdale-based company Rowlands Metalworks will supply navigational bridge consoles for nine ships to be constructed in Adelaide as part of the Future Frigate program for the Australian Navy, an agreement that will translate into millions of dollars of work and a potential 50 per cent increase in the company’s workforce.

Headquartered in Germany, Raytheon Anschütz is a world-leading manufacturer and integrator of bridge and navigation systems, delivering world-class capabilities to the merchant fleet and navies around the globe. The company is excited to enter the Australian maritime market and looking forward to working with REDARC Electronics and Rowlands Metalworks on future Australian naval projects.

Euronaval 2018 was an enormous success for the state, with South Australian companies making up almost half of the Team Defence Australia stand, solidifying our position as the ‘Defence State’.

With the Future Frigate and Future Submarines programs approaching, the exhibition gave our local companies a great opportunity to seek alliances with UK and European companies to work as suppliers. The Raytheon Anschütz MOU was just one of four agreements celebrated with South Australian defence companies during Euronaval.

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