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Leonardo establishes new site in Western Australia to deliver on major defence contracts

Sydney, Australia - It will be committed on engineering, integration, installation and through life support

Leonardo continues to invest in Australia by opening a new site in Western Australia, through its subsidiary Selex ES Australia Pty Ltd. The addition of this new site confirms its commitment to growing its industrial footprint in Australia beyond its current presence in Melbourne in Victoria and Nowra in New South Wales. Further expansion is planned over the forthcoming 18 months. The new opening was announced at "Pacific 2017", an international maritime exposition taking place in Sydney, Australia, where the industry is attending (Stand 4F10). The new facility is located in Rockingham, South of Perth and will be the regional hub for engineering, integration, installation and through life support. Proximity to the Hendersen shipyards and Garden Island will allow company to be highly responsive on naval programmes. It will also allow Leonardo to team with Western Australian companies and build up a local workforce with specialist skills particularly in defence electronics that will complement the already strong shipbuilding capabilities in the area. The new site will also play a key role in firm's delivery as prime system integrator of the SEA1442 phase 4 solution. Under the programme, the industry will provide an integrated suite of state-of-the-art communications capabilities for the upgrade and modernisation of Australia's ANZAC frigates. The solution includes enhanced external RF communications and internal communications equipment, the provision of a high-data-rate-line-of-sight bearer and the introduction of a modern communications management system. The capability upgrade will lay the foundation for a maritime architecture critical to future tactical communications for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). It will also contribute towards the Australian Defence Force’s network-centric warfare concept in the maritime environment, helping reach the goal of a truly networked RAN. Leonardo is a global prime defence and electronics systems and aerospace specialist, operating in Australia as Selex ES Australia Pty Ltd (defence systems, land and naval), and as AgustaWestland Australia Pty Ltd (helicopters). See for details AVIONEWS.

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