AMA welcomes Saab Australia to LMV-M programme

Posted on 17 July, 2023 by Advance 

The Australian Maritime Alliance (AMA) has welcomed Saab Australia as a key partner for the LAND 8710 Phase 1A Littoral Manoeuvre Vessel - Medium (LMV-M) programme.

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The addition of Saab Australia to AMA’s Australian industry ecosystem will ensure that a mission-capable and mission-ready vessel is delivered to the Australian Army.

Saab will support delivery of Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) as well as provision of key test and trials activities to validate the exemplar ‘Oboe’ design.

Serco Defence Managing Director Clint Thomas AM, CSC, said this partnership represents AMA’s commitment to maximising 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 defence capability to ensure the Oboe exceeds Army requirements and operational criteria.

“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.”

Saab Australia Managing Director Andy Keough CSC, said 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.

“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 realise this important materiel capability for Defence.”