The Australian Maritime Alliance (AMA) has welcomed Saab Australia to Team Oboe for the LAND 8710 Phase 1A Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel – Medium (LMV-M) program.
Saab will support the delivery of Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) as well as the provision of key test and trials activities to validate the ‘Oboe’ design.
According to Serco Defence Managing Director Clint Thomas, AM, CSC, the partnership represents AMA’s commitment to maximizing the use of Australian industry skills to manufacture and sustain the new LMV-M vessels, further strengthening sovereign shipbuilding capability.
“Partnering with the ‘best of breed’, the AMA brings together a powerhouse of Australian defense capability to ensure the Oboe exceeds Army requirements and operational criteria,” Thomas said.
He continued: “Working hand-in-glove with Saab and other Australian industry partners will enable AMA to de-risk delivery and facilitate operations independently of Australian Defence Forces bases with minimal friction during changeover from the LCM-8 Landing Craft to the new LMV-M capability.”
According to Saab Australia Managing Director Andy Keough CSC, Saab brings extensive experience and a strong track record of delivering vital capability to Australia’s Defence Forces.
“Saab’s reputation as an expert systems integration company in Australia has been built over 35 years of delivering innovative technological solutions,” Keough said. “Our significant experience in ILS, systems integration and verification and validation will provide value for money, speed to capability realisation, maximum capability availability, and through-life sustainment.”
“We look forward to working in partnership with the Alliance members to realize this important materiel capability for defense,” he added.