LSA wins new contracts on two European navy projects

Hobart-based Liferaft Systems Australia has earned almost $3 million in new contracts, and will deliver marine evacuation systems (MES), large-capacity liferafts and associated hardware to two European navies between 2023 and 2025.

LSA exports about 95 per cent of what it makes, and focusses on MES, which deploy quickly in an emergency and deliver passengers safely from a ship into an inflated liferaft.

The two contracts represented equipment for five ships, and all MES gear will all be designed, made and operationally packed in Hobart.

The work was significant for LSA and maintaining its 65-person workforce “well into the future,” said LSA Business Manager Mollie Grainger, and added to, “an already busy order schedule by supplying MES for the global commercial passenger vessel and mega yacht sectors. 

“Defence (Navy) contracts are an increasingly important part of our business and the signing of the above contracts adds to our existing defence orderbook, which will see our MES delivered to the Royal Navy (UK) for 3 x Type 26 Frigates through 2024 – 2026, the US Navy for 2 x EPF vessels through 2022 – 2023 and the US Government for 4 x “special purpose” vessels through 2021 – 2023.”

LSA is headquartered in the Derwent Park Maritime Defence Precinct of Hobart, and was established in 1992 to supply catamaran builder Incat.

Picture: Liferaft Systems Australia

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