The Australian subsidiary of UK services group Serco has won a contract from the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) to provide maintenance support for weapons and systems produced by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, it was announced on 5 December.
Serco said in a press release that it will carry out the contract, which has an initial value of AUD20 million (USD14.5 million), through its subsidiary Serco Australia Defence, which will collaborate with two key subcontractors, Rafael and Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems (formerly Orbital ATK). Work on the project will start in 2019.
In an additional statement issued with Rafael, released on 6 December, Serco added that their partnership will focus on delivering maintenance, engineering, and technical support for “dozens” of Rafael-produced Typhoon and Mini-Typhoon remote weapon stations (RWS) and the Toplite electro-optical (EO) surveillance, observation, and targeting system.
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