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The Australian Defence Force’s (ADF) ability to plan and execute complex operations will be significantly improved thanks to a $60 million investment in the Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) in Bungendore, NSW.

Two contracts have been awarded to Lockheed Martin Australia and Computer Sciences Corporation Australia as part of Joint Project (JP)2030 Phase 8, Joint Command Support Environment.

JP2030 Phase 8 takes forward the cohesive and integrated Joint Command Support Environment (JCSE) at HQJOC, which coordinates major Defence operations on land, air and sea.

Minister for Defence Materiel Senator Kim Carr said acquiring this cutting-edge technology would significantly improve the ADF’s ability to plan and conduct joint operations.

“This new technology will make planning operations more efficient and effective and increase the speed of decision making,” Senator Carr said.

“I am pleased that these companies were judged best to further develop the command and control system. This demonstrates the capability of the Australian Defence industry,” Senator Carr said

“I am committed to working with industry to build and sustain these capabilities, which are so important for our national security.”

Computer Sciences Corporation Australia Pty Ltd has secured the JCSE System Integrator contract and Lockheed Martin Australia was awarded the JCSE Development Organisation contract.

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A $300 million maintenance and repair contract for the Anzac Class Frigates will be negotiated with Naval Ship Management Australia, following their selection as preferred tenderer.
 
Minister for Defence Materiel Senator Kim Carr said the new five-year contract was expected to provide better outcomes for industry and more effective, value for money outcomes for the Navy.

“In June of last year my predecessor Minister Jason Clare announced the Government’s intention to reform the naval ship repair sector – commencing with the release of the tender for the repair and maintenance of the Navy’s eight Anzac Class frigates,” Senator Carr said.

“I am pleased to announce the outcome of the Tender evaluation. I congratulate Naval Ship Management Australia, a joint venture of Babcock Australia and United Group Infrastructure, for being selected as the preferred tenderer.”

Senator Carr said the announcement follows extensive consultation with industry on a new approach to contracts for repair and maintenance work.

“In contrast to the previous arrangements which required every new maintenance activity to be individually contracted out, the grouping of ship repair and maintenance tasks offers the potential for significant cost savings. 

“These savings are achieved through reductions in contracting activity, greater ability to forecast work effort, and productivity gains through greater investment in workforce skills and infrastructure.

“This initiative will provide industry with the predictability, certainty and stability that it needs to achieve efficiencies and provide job security for, and investment in, its workforce.

 “This new contracting approach is good for industry, it is good for job security and development, it is good for Navy, and it is good for Australian taxpayers who rightly demand maximum efficiency from every dollar spent on Australia’s defence.”

Contract negotiations are expected to be finalised by June 2012.

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A team working to improve missile defence for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) won the top award last night at the Australian Defence Magazine (ADM) Awards Dinner.

The ‘Awards for Excellence’ recognise outstanding teamwork and project management. Recipients are Defence industry partners and Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) project teams.

Minister for Defence Materiel Senator Kim Carr congratulated the winning teams.

“These companies have demonstrated high levels of capability, cooperation and excellence in project management,” Senator Carr said.

“The collaboration between government and industry on these projects is world-class. It needs to be, because ultimately these teams are working to keep the ADF safe and well-equipped and to develop new industry capabilities.”

The Essington Lewis Trophy for the ‘Major Company/DMO Project Team of the Year’ went to the Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) project office in conjunction with BAE Systems, Saab Systems and CEA Technologies. The team also won the ‘Major Project’ category award

Senator Carr said the team worked effectively to achieve operational release of the system on HMAS Perth and remove the ASMD from the Projects of Concern list.

“The success of this project is a testament to the teamwork and dedication of DMO and its industry counterparts,” Senator Carr said.

The Essington Lewis Trophy for small to medium enterprises was awarded to Canberra-based company Daronmont Technologies and the Ground Telecommunications Equipment Systems Program Office for their work on remote communications technology.

Australian electronics company Micreo and DMO’s Land Self Protection Systems Program Office were recognised for working to protect troops from improvised explosive devices, while Cirrus Real Time Processing and DMO’s Training Aircraft Systems Program Office won an award for developing innovative navigation systems.

Young engineer Dugald Harland of CEA Technologies won the Young Achiever Award for his part in developing a three-dimensional radar.

DMO’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Warren King, congratulated all award winners and finalists saying it reflected the ongoing good will and collaboration between Defence and industry to equip and sustain the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

The Essington Lewis Trophies are named in honour of Essington Lewis, a prominent industrialist who was heavily involved in Australia’s preparations for World War II.

More information on the winners is available from http://www.defence.gov.au/dmo/

 A copy of the Minister’s speech is available at:  http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2012/02/21/minister-for-defence-materiel-presentation-of-the-2012-essington-lewis-trophies/

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Two defence industry ‘health checks’ confirmed Australia is well-placed to support essential military software, and to help avoid detection of defence equipment.

Releasing the health checks today, Minister for Defence Materiel Senator Kim Carr said government, defence and industry needed to work together to sustain important defence capabilities in Australia.

“The Priority Industry Capability health checks are an excellent tool to monitor our progress — and if necessary – prompt us to consider further action. This can include targeting investment in skills development through existing industry programs,” Senator Carr said.

The most recent health checks focus on signature management and in‑country support for essential military software.

The Signature Management PIC assesses Australia‘s ability to develop and maintain technologies that reduce the ‘signature’ of Australian Defence Force platforms, so they are less likely to be detected by sensors like sonar, radar and infra-red.

The Through Life Support of Mission and Safety Critical Software PIC measures our ability to adapt and maintain software that is integral to communications and activities including situational awareness, enemy detection and deployment of weapons.

For more information on all PIC health checks please visit http://www.defence.gov.au/dmo/id/pic

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Members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) will be better prepared and protected thanks to federal government investment in more than 2100 specialised vehicles.

These specially made ‘G-wagons’ will be used as tactical training vehicles, for a range of operations as well as activities like supporting disaster relief and securing Australia’s coastline.

The G-wagons, along with Australian-made trailers and modules, will be rolled out to Defence units as part of Project Overlander, a $7.5 billion program providing more than 7500 new protected and unprotected vehicles to the ADF over the next decade.

Today the Minister for Defence Materiel, Senator Kim Carr, announced the completion of contract negotiations under Land 121 Phase 3A, the next step in Project Overlander.

“The Australian Government has completed negotiations to acquire 2146 G-Wagon four wheel drives and 1799 matching trailers,” Senator Carr said.

“This will provide the Australian Army with enhanced training capability to prepare for operations in protected vehicles, ensuring that Australian soldiers are better prepared and equipped.”

The G-Wagon vehicles are being manufactured for Daimler AG, and then supplied to Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd in Mulgrave, Victoria, to fit Australian-made modules and tray bodies.

“The modules and tray bodies for these vehicles, as well as the trailers, will be designed and manufactured by Australian companies – Varley and Haulmark – in contracts worth approximately $196 million,” Senator Carr said.

Approximately 540 modules and 810 tray bodies are being designed and manufactured by G. H. Varley Pty Ltd in Newcastle, New South Wales, in a contract worth approximately $100 million.

There are 1799 trailers being designed and manufactured by Queensland-based Haulmark Trailers (Australia) Pty Ltd, to the approximate value of $96 million, including initial support.

“I am pleased that the most competitive companies for these very important, high-skilled contracts were located in Australia. These companies are among the world’s best, with advanced capabilities in manufacturing. That is why they are helping ensure that the ADF has the best kit,” Senator Carr said.

The main roll-out of the new vehicles and trailers to Defence units is scheduled to commence in July this year.

More information on Project Overlander can be found at: http://www.defence.gov.au/dmo/lsd/land121 

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