Safran Electronics & Defense opens new testing facility in Sydney

Safran CEO, Martin Sion, and CEO and general delegate of Safran Pacific, Alexis de Pelleport, opening the new Botany facility with defence minister Christopher Pyne. Source: safran-electronics-defense.com

Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia (SEDA) has opened a new facility in Botany, NSW, which is to house testing and maintenance equipment that will support the Australian Defence Force.

The new facility features a clean room, a laser room, climate testing systems, as well as avionics, inertial navigation and optronic test benches capable of supporting Safran Electronics & Defense’s portfolio of sensors. The facility’s equipment is also capable of servicing submarine optronic masts.

SEDA is the Sydney-based subsidiary subsidiary of Safran Electronics & Defense (formerly known as Sagem Défense Sécurité), a France-based supplier of optronics, avionics, electronics and critical software for both civil and military market.

SEDA currently delivers and supports complex systems to a variety of ADF platforms including the Collins class submarines and the MRH-90 and Tiger helicopters.

The CEO of Safran Electronics & Defense, Martin Sion, and the CEO and general delegate of Safran Pacific, Alexis de Pelleport, opened the new Botany facility with defence minister Christopher Pyne on Tuesday.

Sion said that the facility was strategically positioned in close proximity to key Defence sites and Sydney Airport, allowing the company to better support its customers in Australasia.

“In line with Safran’s strategy, the opening of this new site enables our local subsidiary Safran Electronics & Defense Australasia to expand and increase its service capabilities towards its Australian customers,” Sion said.

“The company has provided support to the French and Foreign Military Forces for more than 75 years in optical and navigation systems and we are today focused on providing the same level of support to the Australian Defence Force.”

SEDA’s workforce has reportedly increased from 11 to 25 in just over a year and the company is projecting even further growth in the year to come. The facility has around 100 square metres of new workrooms and approximately 200 square metres of office space for 25 people with room for expansion for up to 50 people.

Defence minister Christopher Pyne said that the facility was a vote of confidence in the Australian defence industry and would enable Safran to better support the ADF.

“Safran has developed apprenticeship programs covering mechanics, logistics and business management,” Pyne said.

“This will ensure that Safran and other Australian defence companies have access to a trained, highly skilled workforce well into the future.”