Cobham and Acacia explore export opportunities

27 February 2019

Cobham Aviation Services Australia will actively support its strategic partner Adelaide-based Acacia Systems to explore opportunities to export globally its advanced mission management systems (MMS) for surveillance aircraft.

Defence software and systems engineering company Acacia Systems develops advanced mission management systems software for Cobham Special Mission aircraft.

Cobham operates missionised fixed and rotary wing aircraft across the globe for civil and military customers. The modification and integration of these aircraft is undertaken in house by Cobham.

With advanced MMS an increasing requirement for many of these operations across the globe, Cobham recognises the significant Australian export potential of Acacia System’s MMS capabilities and the opportunity to position Australian SMEs such as Acacia Systems as world leaders in this area of aviation and defence technology.

Cobham and Acacia Systems signed a 10-year strategic MMS development agreement in November 2018.

Cobham most recently collaborated with Acacia Systems on the delivery of four search-and-rescue Challenger-aircraft for the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA). Acacia supplied state-of-the-art mission management systems software for the aircraft that Cobham modified, integrated and now operates on behalf of AMSA under a 12-year $640 million contract. Cobham will again work with Acacia as it prepares to retender of its current Australian Border Force aerial surveillance contract. Cobham has for more than 25 years conducted surveillance on behalf of the Australian Government.

Cobham’s Vice President, Special Mission, Ken Millar said: "We are delighted to have this agreement with Acacia Systems. Not only does this partnership provide Cobham with the capability to develop state of the art systems for our aircraft and end customers, it provides a South Australian company with world leading capability the opportunity to showcase its outstanding software and engineering capabilities on a global platform. We are again excited to collaborate with Acacia on such a significant contract as the upcoming Australian Border Force surveillance contract renewal and more into the future."

Acacia Systems Founder and Chairman Ted Huber said: "We are immensely proud of our work and partnership with Cobham. We are excited to continue our collaboration on numerous and significant national projects. We embrace the opportunity to explore opportunities in which we can export our skills and technology across the globe."

The MMS capability deployed for the AMSA SAR aircraft will be on display at the Cobham stand (1M21) at the Avalon Airshow.

The AMSA Challenger SAR aircraft will be on display on the flight line of the Avalon Airshow. The aircraft was also recently on display at the Asia Pacific Search and Rescue Conference held in Melbourne (21 and 22 February).

 

Pictured above: The MMS capability deployed for the AMSA SAR aircraft on display at the Cobham stand (1M21) at Avalon Airshow 2019.


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