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Abaco Systems, Inc. and REDARC Defence Systems Pty Ltd announced on 14 July a partnership that will allow both companies to further align with the needs of the growing Australian defence sector for rugged embedded computing applications.

REDARC Defence Systems, based in South Australia, was formed in 2019 from REDARC Electronics to service the growing Australian and global defence markets. For 40 years, REDARC has designed and manufactured advanced electronics equipment, including power conversion, battery health and usage monitoring, towed vehicle brake controllers and sensing as well as control and power distribution.  REDARC is dedicated to performance and maintaining quality as key approaches to its business model.

Abaco is a provider of advanced rugged embedded computing solutions and is known as a global leader in open architecture computing and electronic systems for aerospace, defence and industrial applications. The two companies are each uniquely committed to innovation – making a partnership ideal.

The decision to move forward with a strategic partnership came after introductions were made by Team Defence Australia at DSEI 2019.  Abaco and REDARC have since positioned the partnership to align with Australian government requirements and drive Australian sales in major defence programmes, leveraging the Abaco global sales team.

The partnership will collaborate on multiple emerging Australian opportunities, including LAND400, Air6500, Plan Jericho, Loyal Wingman and others. The companies have complementary capabilities in rugged embedded hardware manufacturing, integration, global supply chain and logistics, along with deep expertise in Australian industries.  This optimum mix of portfolio and capabilities will enable modernization of Australian defence programmes across all domains, while positioning for emerging technologies and programmes such as hypersonics, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence and directed energy.

John Muller, Chief Growth Officer, Abaco Systems, Inc., commented “With a matching commitment to innovation, this partnership will provide opportunities to utilize each organization's expertise in defined markets for common benefits […] to drive home opportunities throughout Australia and into other global markets.”

Anthony Kittel, Managing Director, REDARC added "The partnership with Abaco Systems Is the next step for REDARC being able to offer ruggedized embedded computing application capabilities In Australia for our local defence customers.  A real benefit Is that this relationship Is mutual with REDARC drawing on Abaco expertise to secure contracts on Australian programs and Abaco using REDARC's advanced manufacturing and supply chain to broaden its capabilities in Australia.”

The two companies will partner for Australian defence programmes initially, but there is a clear intent for their combined expertise and capability to address global market opportunities. (Photo via Abaco Systems)

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