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Melbourne-based Australian/French joint venture formed to bid for SEA 1350 contract

Australian marine technology firm AMOG Ventures has formed a Melbourne-based joint venture with French naval technology specialist ECA Group to pursue the SEA 1350 contract from the Royal Australian Navy.

Victorian Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade Martin Pakula, as well as the French government’s Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) representative General Yannick Cailliez, witnessed the birth of the new 50:50 company, Advanced Magnetic Ranges Australia (AMRA), with a signing of a preliminary memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the Euronaval 2018 show in Paris.

AMRA confirmed it will bid for the forthcoming Project SEA 1350, which is worth up to $100 million and will see RAN's existing and new submarines, as well as surface ships, "undergo a vital pre-deployment process called deperming, which reduces or eliminates the magnetism of a steel hull and so aids its stealth, preventing it triggering magnetic mines or attracting certain types of torpedo". Read more here: https://www.defenceconnect.com.au/key-enablers/3825-australian-french-joint-venture-chasing-sea-1350-contract