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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