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Defence accepts delivery of first Air Warfare Destroyer Hobart

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today attended a ceremony at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide to mark the Government’s provisional acceptance of the first Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Hobart.

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Navy gains its newest warship, the Air Warfare Destroyer, Hobart.

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today attended a ceremony at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide to mark the Government’s provisional acceptance of the first Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) Hobart.

Minister Pyne said Hobart is the first of three AWD’s being built and integrated by the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance which comprises the Department of Defence, Raytheon Australia, ASC and support from Navantia.

“The acceptance of this first of class ship is a further demonstration of the success of the Government-led reform initiative, with the program meeting all budget and schedule targets, Hobart will enter into service later this year,” Minister Pyne said.

“Hobart will play a critical role for Defence by providing new interoperable capabilities for the Royal Australian Navy.

“By using a combination of US and Australian technologies, these ships will allow us to work even closer with our allies.

“Importantly, these ships will provide a safer environment for Australia’s entire Defence Force, as they have the ability to move faster for longer, whilst forming a protective bubble around themselves and other assets in a task force,” he said.

Over the last decade, more than 5,000 skilled Australians have constructed all three AWD’s whilst also creating a new combat and support system to meet the unique needs of the Australian Defence Force.

Minister Pyne said provisional acceptance represented some of the most complex and innovative engineering accomplishments ever undertaken in Australia.

“These skills have taken over a decade to build and position Australia well to support the Government’s new Naval Shipbuilding Plan,” he said.

“The AWD program underscores the importance of Australia’s defence industry as a fundamental input into capability.

“Rather than just being a supplier for Defence, this program proves how Australian defence industry is truly a strategic partner with Defence.”

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The Minister for Defence Industry, the Honourable Christopher Pyne, MP, signs the provisional acceptance certificate for the first Air Warfare Destroyer, Hobart.

 

Terry Turner is Senior Editor for Defence.com.au and Editor in Chief for the entire stable of CYBER PRESS magazines.CYBER PRESS is an Australian media business specialising in multi-channel broad audience online digital publishing. Our company is the evolution of Eco Magazines, Australia's premiere dedicated online publisher of full-format digital magazines. Put simply, we specialise, where many merely dabble.

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Projects of Concern Update

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In a Joint Media Release, the Minister for Defence Industry & Minister for Defence has today provided a Projects of Concern Update

Project AIR 5431 Phase 1 Deployable Defence Air Traffic Management and Control System and Project AIR 5431 Phase 3 Civil Military Air Traffic Management System have been added to the Projects of Concern list.

Although the projects are under the same program, there is no dependency between the two and their inclusion on the Projects of Concern list is unrelated.

AIR 5431 Phase 1 was awarded to Indra Australia in 2014 to deliver a mix of mobile and transportable air traffic control radars and supporting equipment to allow Defence to control and monitor air traffic while deployed on operations.

The project has experienced schedule delays since approval, and initial delivery is expected almost two years later than originally planned.

AIR 5431 Phase 3 was approved in 2014, to deliver the Defence aspects of a harmonised civil/military air traffic management system under the OneSKY banner—collectively being led and managed by Airservices Australia.

This is a highly complex, inter-departmental project of national significance that has experienced some substantial challenges getting into contract. The challenges revolve around issues with ensuring value for money for the taxpayer.

The Projects of Concern process has delivered proven results through the remediation of 17 troubled projects with a combined value of around $17 billion.

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Marking the end of RAMSI

The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) will come to a close on 30 June 2017 after nearly 14 years

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Australian Industry Capability Plan Template

The Turnbull Government moves to increase Australian involvement in Defence project with new Australian Industry Capability Plan Template

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The Turnbull Government moves to increase Australian involvement in Defence project with new Australian Industry Capability Plan Template

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced changes that will strengthen the requirement for Australian involvement in Defence projects.

“We are changing the process companies undergo when responding to tenders for defence equipment,” Minister Pyne said.

“The Australian Industry Capability Plan Template has been strengthened in line with Government’s defence industry policy of maximising Australian industry involvement in meeting Australia’s defence capability goals, creating thousands of long-term jobs across the country and economic growth.

“This new template demands more than ever before from defence companies, driving them to outline how and where they will involve Australian industry, before we will even consider their bid”.

Selection and Tailoring of ASDEFCON Templates

Each ASDEFCON template is tailored to meet a different procurement need and profile, depending on the size, complexity and nature of the procurement activity. The Contract Template Selection and Tailoring Guide (the Guide) is available to assist with the selection of an appropriate contracting template and also outlines the process for tailoring the selected template. The Guide contains decision matrices and detailed descriptions of each template. The Guide also considers non-ASDEFCON contracting templates.

The changes have been made to explicitly address:

  • the tenderer’s strategy for maximising Australian industry involvement in the project and enduring Australian industry capability benefit beyond the work period,
  • maximised inclusion and evidence of having positively engaged Australian Small to Medium Enterprises and Indigenous Business Enterprises,
  • proposed investment in innovation, and collaborative research and development efforts in Australia,
  • establishing, transitioning or enhancing skills, knowledge, systems, technology and infrastructure within Australian industry, and
  • identification and promotion of Australian defence export opportunities and as a contributor to the global supply chain.

”We have already used the new template in our Offshore Patrol Vessel and Future Frigate Requests for Tender and are now rolling it out across all relevant materiel procurements,” Minister Pyne said.

“This reflects the seriousness with which this Government takes ensuring we are maximising Australian industry involvement in our Defence capability and the thousands of jobs that will flow from this commitment,”

“It is also a clear signal to overseas large contractors wishing to do business in Australia that they need to take Australian defence industry capability seriously,” he said.

Minister Pyne said this improved approach to Australian industry content is fully aligned with the 2016 Defence White Paper, the Integrated Investment Program and the Defence Industry Policy Statement and shows the Government’s commitment to supporting Australian industry.

Further information is available on Defence’s website: http://www.defence.gov.au/casg/DoingBusiness/ProcurementDefence/ContractinginCASG/ASDEFCON/

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced changes that will strengthen the requirement for Australian involvement in Defence projects.

“We are changing the process companies undergo when responding to tenders for defence equipment,” Minister Pyne said.

“The Australian Industry Capability Plan Template has been strengthened in line with Government’s defence industry policy of maximising Australian industry involvement in meeting Australia’s defence capability goals, creating thousands of long-term jobs across the country and economic growth.

“This new template demands more than ever before from defence companies, driving them to outline how and where they will involve Australian industry, before we will even consider their bid”.

The changes have been made to explicitly address:

  • the tenderer’s strategy for maximising Australian industry involvement in the project and enduring Australian industry capability benefit beyond the work period,
  • maximised inclusion and evidence of having positively engaged Australian Small to Medium Enterprises and Indigenous Business Enterprises,
  • proposed investment in innovation, and collaborative research and development efforts in Australia,
  • establishing, transitioning or enhancing skills, knowledge, systems, technology and infrastructure within Australian industry, and
  • identification and promotion of Australian defence export opportunities and as a contributor to the global supply chain.

”We have already used the new template in our Offshore Patrol Vessel and Future Frigate Requests for Tender and are now rolling it out across all relevant materiel procurements,” Minister Pyne said.

“This reflects the seriousness with which this Government takes ensuring we are maximising Australian industry involvement in our Defence capability and the thousands of jobs that will flow from this commitment,”

“It is also a clear signal to overseas large contractors wishing to do business in Australia that they need to take Australian defence industry capability seriously,” he said.

Minister Pyne said this improved approach to Australian industry content is fully aligned with the 2016 Defence White Paper, the Integrated Investment Program and the Defence Industry Policy Statement and shows the Government’s commitment to supporting Australian industry.

Further information is available on Defence’s website: http://www.defence.gov.au/casg/DoingBusiness/ProcurementDefence/ContractinginCASG/ASDEFCON/

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