Cobham and Acacia team up in strategic agreement
Cobham Aviation Services Australia has signed a 10-year strategic partnership with leading Adelaide born defence software and systems engineering company, Acacia Systems. Most recently, Acacia Systems supplied and installed state-of-the-art mission management systems on the four search-and-rescue Challenger-604 aircraft that Cobham modified, integrated and now operate on behalf of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) under a 12-year $640 million contract.
Cobham’s Vice President, Special Mission, Ken Millar said: "We are delighted to enter into this agreement with Acacia Systems. Not only are they a fantastic South Australian based defence SME with highly-skilled workers, they have a proven track record of developing and installing systems and software for Tier 1 national assets. We look forward to collaborating on more national scale projects in the years ahead."
Acacia Systems Founder and Chairman, Ted Huber said: "This signing formalises a decade long working relationship. We are extremely proud of the work we have done with Cobham to date and thrilled to enter into a strategic partnership with a like-minded organisation for the future."
Cobham deploys highly-modified aircraft and specially-trained crew to conduct airborne surveillance and search-and-rescue operations for the Australian Government. The modification and integration of these aircraft is undertaken in house by Cobham in Australia using numerous local SMEs, such as Acacia Systems.
For more than 25 years Cobham has been conducting surveillance on behalf of the Australian Government to protect our nation’s borders. The strategic partnership with Acacia Systems is timely as Cobham prepares for the upcoming Australian border surveillance tender.