Minister for Defence Industry opens new Australian office

The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today opened the new office of QinetiQ Australia in Mawson Lakes for their expanded staff. Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne MP opens new Australian office “South Australia has a strong Defence industry, and QinetiQ’s new office demonstrates their confidence in and commitment to Australia and Australian jobs,” Minister Pyne said. “QinetiQ provides a range of advanced services to Defence, recently acquiring RubiKon Group; it has 27 staff now in Adelaide.” “QinetiQ is experiencing strong growth across Australia and now…

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Government decision to create 150 new jobs in South Australia

SAAB Australia has today revealed that this week’s decision to award it with the contract to build the tactical interface for the new future frigates and the combat management system for future non-combat vessels will create approximately 150 new jobs. On Tuesday the Prime Minister announced The Government had chosen to mandate that SAAB Australia to provide the Combat Management System – the brains of the ship – for all ships in the Navy, except the Future Frigates and Air Warfare Destroyers, which will have an Aegis combat system with…

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Sustaining the capability superiority of Collins

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, and Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, announced today two projects to sustain the capability superiority of the Collins submarine fleet until its replacement by the future submarine. “The 2016 Defence White Paper makes it clear submarines are an essential part of Australia’s defense strategy and a powerful instrument for deterring conflict and contributing to anti-submarine warfare in our region,” Minister Payne said. “The Government is committed to continuing appropriate investments in the Collins class, including priority capability enhancements,…

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$148 million radar upgrade for Anzac Class Frigates

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today congratulated world leading Australian company CEA Technologies for winning a contract to upgrade the capabilities of the Royal Australian Navy’s Anzac class frigates. Minister Pyne visited CEA Technologies today at PACIFIC 2017 and said the contract valued at $148 million would see the production of new air search radar, known as the CEAFAR2-L, for the Anzac class frigates. The contract is part of the larger program that will modify the ships and integrate the radars that has a total value…

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Investment priorities for the Defence Innovation Hub

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP announced September 19th the Government’s investment priorities for the Defence Innovation Hub for the coming year. Minister Pyne said the Government invested $1.6 billion into defense industry and innovation over the next decade, including $640 million to support the development of innovative technologies through the Defence Innovation Hub. “The Defence Innovation Hub was established as a robust program to facilitate and explore the development of leading-edge technology and ideas in support of Defence capability,” Minister Pyne said. “Research and development (R&D)…

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Local Businesses Approved For Submarine Supply Chain

Turnbull Government and Naval Group Australia confirmed August 30th that 126 local businesses to date have been pre-qualified as eligible to take part in the supply chain for the $50 billion Future Submarine Program. Over the last twelve months, these businesses have been thoroughly assessed and deemed as capable of delivering the quality products, parts or services needed to deliver this vital project. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said that this clearly shows the Government is setting a cracking pace in ensuring maximum Australian industry involvement,…

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Naval Shipbuilding Projects Pave the Way for Industry in Tasmainia

April 27, 2017 – Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today announced an additional Naval Shipbuilding Industry briefing will be held in Launceston on 3 May 2017. Minister Pyne said this event followed on from the success of industry briefings held across regional Australia in March. The briefings have attracted over 200 attendees; from manufacturers in Geelong, boat lifters in Geraldton, welders in Bunbury and engineers in Nowra. “These briefings are a chance for regional Australians to learn more about the Government’s $89 billion national shipbuilding endeavour—the…

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Austals Cuts Steel on First Pacific Patrol Boat

April 26, 2017 – Austal today welcomed the Minister for Defence Industries, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, to cut the first steel plate for the first of nineteen Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement (PPB-R) vessels for the Commonwealth of Australia. Austal CEO Mr David Singleton said the plate-cutting was not only the start of construction for the A$306 million Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement project, but also the Australian Government’s A$89 billion Continuous Naval Shipbuilding Program. “Austal is incredibly proud to be delivering the Commonwealth’s Pacific Patrol Boat Replacement Project.  Austal is…

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Boeing Expands Adelaide Presence

April 12, 2017 – The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, welcomed the announcement from the world’s largest aerospace company, The Boeing Company, that it is expanding its defense presence in South Australia. Mr  Pyne said Boeing Defence Australia’s new office would be located in Adelaide’s CBD as a research, development and innovation hub for programs spanning C3I, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and advanced experimentation and prototyping. BDA’s growth in Adelaide builds upon its South Australia team that has been executing on support contracts for the E-7A Wedgetail,…

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Minister Pyne discusses the strength of Australian Defence industry with the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis

April 7, 2017 – Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, today met with US Secretary for Defense James Mattis in Washington DC. During the meeting with Secretary Mattis, both the Minister and the Secretary reflected on the strong defense industry ties between the two countries and the desire on both sides to further deepen cooperation in this key area. Minister Pyne said the meeting with Secretary Mattis was an important opportunity to highlight the strength of Australian defense industry to our key ally and to demonstrate our capability as…

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Minister for Defence Industry visits Canada

April 4, 2017 – Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, travelled to Canada this week to further strengthen the Australia-Canada defence industry relationship and promote Australian defence export opportunities, particularly highlighting the strengths of home grown innovations such as the CEA radar. Minister Pyne said the visit helped to strengthen the existing strong relationship between the two great nations. “Australia enjoys a very close and broad defence relationship with Canada,” he said. “It is vital for Australia and Canada to continually collaborate and ensure a level of…

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$35 billion Future Frigate Tender

March 31, 2017 – The $35 billion Future Frigate project reached a significant milestone today with the release of the Request for Tender (RFT) to the three shortlisted designers; BAE, Fincantieri and Navantia. Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said the Future Frigate project is currently the largest frigate shipbuilding program of its kind in the world. “Today’s announcement shows the Government is on track to begin construction of the Future Frigates in 2020 in Adelaide,” Minister Pyne said. “The release of the RFT is an important…

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Industry invited to regional Naval Shipbuilding briefings

March 29, 2017 – Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Minister Pyne MP, today announced seven Naval Shipbuilding Industry briefings would be held across regional Australia. Minister Pyne said these briefings would provide regional Australians with an opportunity to learn more about the Government’s $89 billion national shipbuilding endeavor. “The industry briefings will focus on the next generation of naval surface ships; specifically the Future Frigate and Offshore Patrol Vessels, which represent a $39 billion investment by the Australian Government,” he said. “The Future Frigate and Offshore Patrol Vessel programs will…

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Maritime Technical College to train thousands of future shipbuilders

March 24, 2017 – The Turnbull Government today announced it will establish a Maritime Technical College to identify, train or retrain Australian workers for our $90 billion shipbuilding program. The Government will invest an initial $25 million into the college which will be based in Adelaide but will deliver world class training across the country in key areas such as steel fabrication, welding and naval engineering. Minister Pyne said this was an important step in Australia’s future naval shipbuilding industry and would help thousands of Australians obtain the jobs created…

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The frigate “Cristóbal Colón” receives in Osborne the visit of the Minister for the Australian Defense Industry

  March 17, 2017 – The frigate “Cristóbal Colón” receives in Osborne the visit of the Minister for the Australian Defense Industry The objective of its deployment is to collaborate in the training of the endowments of its new destroyers of the class “Hobart” Australian Defense Industry Minister Christopher Pyne today visited the Spanish frigate “Cristóbal Colón” to learn firsthand about the vessel’s capabilities and to check the status of the mutual training program that the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) is carrying out With the Spanish Armada. The “Christopher Columbus” (F-105),…

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