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Leonardo opens new site in Australia
by Richard Tomkins
Washington (UPI) Oct 3, 2017


Leonardo is opening a new engineering site in Western Australia through its Selex ES Australia Pty Ltd subsidiary, increasing its presence in the country.

The facility, located in Rockingham, South of Perth, will be the regional hub for engineering, integration, installation and through-life support. The site's proximity to the Hendersen shipyards and Garden Island will allow Leonardo to be more responsive to naval programs, the company said.

It will facilitate Leonardo's partnering with regional companies to complement Western Australia's shipbuilding capabilities and play an important key role in Leonardo's delivery -- as prime system integrator -- of the SEA1442 phase 4 solution.

Under SEA1442 phase 4, Leonardo is to provide an integrated suite of state-of-the-art communications capabilities for the upgrade and modernization of Australia's ANZAC frigates.

"The facility is another example of Leonardo's commitment towards Australia where the company has been active since it first supplied torpedoes to the navies of Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia in 1885," said Michael Lenton, executive chairman of Selex ES Australia.

"Over many years, Leonardo has been building a considerable legacy in Australia through the supply of solutions, products and services for both the defense and civil markets. It is a long-term effort we are immensely proud of and intend to build on going forward."

Leonardo announced the new site at Pacific 2017, an international maritime exposition in Sydney.

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