Naval Group and MacTaggart Scott Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding during PACIFIC 2019 in the frame of Naval Group Pacific countermeasures projects in Australia.
Announcing the MOU on 10 October 2019, Naval Group stated, "MacTaggart Scott, a first class industry player in Australia, has been pre-selected by Naval Group Pacific to maximise Australian Industry Capability and to enlarge the Naval Group’s Defence Technological and Industrial Base (DTIB) in the country". This cooperation is aimed at entrusting MacTaggart Scott Australia with the fabrication of countermeasures equipment and/or its associated launching system.
Naval Group Pacific is proposing CANTO® anti-torpedo countermeasures for Australian submarines and surface ships programs (SEA 1000 Australian Future Submarine, SEA 5000 Hunter-Class Frigates and SEA 4000, upgrade of Hobart-class Air Warfare Destroyer). CANTO, the latest countermeasure generation based on Dilution/Confusion multi-effects. It is an all-in-one broadband active acoustic emitter acting both as a jammer for dilution effect and as false targets generator for confusion effect. This system, fitted with its associated reaction module CONTRALTO®, is already in service in the French Navy and in several blue-water navies.
MacTaggart Scott Australia is located in Adelaide and supports naval equipment on Collins Class submarines and Landing Helicopter Dock vessels. This manufacturing project will grow the company's contribution to the defence industry. Peter Richings, Director of MacTaggart Scott Australia, said, "This NDA is another step towards ensuring the sovereign capability of Australian defence".