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24 March 2016 |   ByHugh Parker
Fugro Author
On Tuesday, 8 March, the Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, along with Defence Minister Marise Payne, Innovation Minister Christopher Pyne, and South Australian Leader of the Opposition Steven Marshall visited Fugro’s Adelaide office in South Australia to announce that Adelaide will become the headquarters of a $230 million national centre to spearhead defence industry jobs growth.
Fugro’s office in Adelaide has been an integral supplier to the Australian Defence Force for over 20 years, providing leading edge lidar Bathymetry technology to the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Hydrographic Service which is responsible for mapping Australia’s coastline for safe navigation.
Fugro is an excellent example of strong industry and defence collaboration. I'm grateful to witness first hand Fugro’s innovation and leading edge technology that is supporting the Australian Defence Force in creating local jobs.
Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP
Australian PM shown Fugro’s laser technology (Credit: PM's office)
Australian PM, the Hon Malcom Turnbull MP (left), being shown Fugro’s specialised laser technology by Fugro LADS Mark Rasheed (right)
The RAN Laser Airborne Depth Sounder (LADS) Flight Unit was formed in 1992 after more than 20 years of research and development by the Defence Science and Technology Office (DSTO) in Adelaide during the 1970’s and 80’s. Fugro provides the LADS technology, DASH 8-202 aircraft and support services under long term contract to the RANLADS Unit. The Australian Navy was the first and remains one of only a few military organisations in the world to employ this survey technique. Fugro’s business is a great example of the development of cutting edge technology being commercialised and operated for both military and civilian purposes around the world. 

The heart of the survey system is a powerful laser that transmits visible green beams (532mn) from under the aircraft to measure the water depth. The green laser measures accurate height information of the sea surface and records depths up to 80 metres deep. Fugro operates this technology around the world and is an industry leader in this field. 

The Prime Minister said he was grateful to witness first hand Fugro’s innovation and leading edge technology that is supporting the Australian Defence Force in creating local jobs, using Fugro as an excellent example of strong industry and defence collaboration.
 

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