Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced the latest tranche of Defence Innovation Hub that will sustain 23 jobs across the Australian defence industry and innovation sector, and help to give our Armed Forces the edge in battle. Minister Pyne said our defence capabilities rely on our capacity to develop new tools, systems and approaches to managing emerging regional and global threats. “Providing our troops with the latest in innovative defence technologies will ensure we remain resilient to these threats, and our defence industry plays a crucial part in helping us achieve this,” Minister Pyne said. “The Defence Innovation Hub is a key initiative of the Turnbull government bringing industry and Defence together to undertake collaborative innovation activities from concept through to introduction into service.” The five innovation contracts announced today are worth $5.3 million and includes $2.3 million for a BAE Systems Australia project to explore the potential use of laser technology to detect low intensity signals.
Growing Australia’s commercial shipbuilding industry will drive exports, attract investment and create new jobs. Currently, the industry employs about 14,600 people and delivers $575 million in exports. To grow this and create new Australian jobs, the Turnbull Coalition Government today launches a report showcasing the talent and expertise of the Australian shipbuilding industry.
A $1.2 billion contract extension to sustain eight Anzac Frigates for a further five years has secured the futures of almost 1,700 workers in Australia. An agreement with BAE Systems Australia, Saab Australia, and Naval Ship Management Australia (a joint venture between Babcock and UGL) covers sustainment of ANZAC class ships and their shore support and training facilities
BAE Systems awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a contract to equip the Royal Navy's new Type 26 Global Combat Ship with the MK 41 Vertical Launching System (VLS). The MK 41 VLS is the only system capable of launching anti-air, anti-submarine, surface-to-surface and strike-length missiles. Once integrated with the Type 26, the MK 41 VLS will offer the Royal Navy unparalleled flexibility and capability.
Raytheon has been awarded a contract for logistic support for the Navy’s Phalanx close-in-weapon system. The deal, announced Monday by the Department of Defense, is valued at more than $48 million under a previous modified contract. The modified contract will furnish “repaired and new units for 1,041 line items under prescribed performance metrics in response to Fleet requisitions,” the Defense Department said in a press release.
BAE Systems Australia has signed a contract with Badge Constructions WA to build a $5 million shipside support tower at its Henderson facility to support the eight ship ANZAC Mid-Life Capability Assurance Program (AMCAP) frigate upgrade project. The five level tower will be built between the existing ship dry berths with two gangways at the upper level providing direct access to the ships dry berthed on either side. It will also include offices, meeting rooms and amenities for employees, contractors and tradespeople working on the ships.
Australia’s skies are to become even safer with a reduction in travel times and delays for travelers following the implementation of the world’s most advanced air traffic management system technology. Airservices Australia, in partnership with the Department of Defence, has entered into an agreement with Thales Australia to integrate the nation’s civil and military air traffic management systems. This is a world first and the pioneering OneSKY program will further earmark Australia as a global aviation leader and deliver on the Coalition’s 2013 election commitment.