Improving capability and competitiveness in defence industry

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The Hon Melissa Price MP

Minister for Defence Industry

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8 April 2021

Ten local businesses have been selected to participate in Raytheon Australia’s recently launched industry engagement program designed to help small businesses win defence work at home and abroad.

Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price welcomed the Raytheon initiative, which offers the selected businesses an invaluable opportunity to partner with Raytheon Australia to grow their businesses and support delivery of capability for our Defence Force.

“Raytheon’s Capability Plus program will support local businesses to improve their competitiveness to win defence work here and overseas,” Minister Price said.

“It will support their long-term sustainability and our goal of building supply chain resilience and self-reliance.

“The Morrison Government remains committed to ensuring Australian industry benefits from its commitment to invest $270 billion in Defence capability over the next decade.

“Initiatives such as Raytheon’s Capability Plus will help Australian industry realise these benefits.”

Minister Price congratulated the Australian businesses selected for the inaugural Capability Plus program:

  • AOS Group (Melbourne, Australia)
  • archTIS (Canberra, Australia)
  • Calytrix (Perth, Australia)
  • Coherics (Adelaide, Australia)
  • Daronmont (Adelaide, Australia)
  • JEDS (Sydney, Australia)
  • Plexsys (Williamtown, Australia)
  • Redarc (Adelaide, Australia)
  • Silentium (Adelaide, Australia)
  • Willyama (Canberra, Australia)

Programs like Capability Plus are a great example of how large defence contractors can provide pathways for smaller Australian businesses to improve capability and competitiveness through opening opportunities, mentoring and training.

The tailored program will support the local enterprises in leadership, engineering, project management, cyber security and quality and ISO certification.

It will also create pathways for local businesses to access Raytheon Technologies’ global supply chain.

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