WA appoints Gates as state defence advocate

Raydon Gates has been appointed as a defence advocate to champion the interests of Western Australia’s defence industry. The former chief executive of Lockheed Martin Australia & New Zealand will divide his time between Perth and Canberra, working to deliver contracts and jobs to WA. “The McGowan government is committed to diversifying the state’s economy, and securing a … [Read more...]

Singapore to base F-15SGs in New Zealand?

Republic of Singapore Air Force F-15SG fighters could be based in New Zealand “long-term” for training, NZ Defence Minister Mark Mitchell has announced. Singapore has asked the New Zealand Government “to consider accommodating F-15SG fighter jet training at Ohakea long-term”, a statement released by Minister Mitchell on August 2 reads. “At the moment both countries are … [Read more...]

Industry awaiting release of sovereign industrial capabilities policy

Development of a new ‘sovereign industrial capabilities’ policy, covering those military capabilities that are considered to be so important that they must be developed or supported by Australian industry, remains a work in progress. That is despite the Defence Industry Policy Statement that was released with the 2016 Defence White Paper having stated that a transition from … [Read more...]

Government demands more industry involvement with new AIC plan template

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has announced changes that are intended to strengthen the requirement for Australian industry involvement in Defence projects. Minister Pyne said in a statement that these changes relate to the process that companies undergo when responding to tenders for Defence equipment. The changes address: a tenderer’s strategy for … [Read more...]

Defence seeks proposals for Naval Shipbuilding College

Defence has invited proposals for supporting the development and delivery of the Naval Shipbuilding College. The college is a key initiative in the Naval Shipbuilding Plan, and is intended to attract, train and retrain naval shipbuilding workers. “As outlined in the Naval Shipbuilding Plan, the naval shipbuilding workforce is expected to grow to around 5,200 workers by the … [Read more...]