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S-70A-9 and Seahawk S-70B-2 helicopters. Valued
at more than $120 million, with six annual renewable
options, the contract is a follow-on agreement to the
previous standing offer, which expired after an eight-
In the maritime domain, Thales provides dock
operations and services, as well as ship repair and
maintenance services, at Sydney’s Garden Island
dockyard – a strategic national asset that supports
11 major RAN ships. The company also provides
through life support for the RAN’s FFG frigates and
Huon Class Minehunters.
In underwater systems, Thales provides support
for sonar systems across a range of the RAN’s fleet.
The company also supports various minesweeping
technologies, the MU90 torpedo, and the Collins
class periscope visual system and communications
mast, as well as the submarine’s Platform Training
In the land domain, Thales provides extensive
through life support to the Bushmaster fleet, including
upgrades, from its facilities in Bendigo and Eagle
Farm in Brisbane. The company is also a key provider
of soldier systems expertise, supporting not only the
ADF’s F88 assault rifles, but also other in-service
weapons such as machine guns. Additionally,
Thales is Australia’s leading provider of explosive
ordnance to the ADF across the domains, and on the
logistics side, also manages the storage, distribution,
maintenance and disposal elements of the explosive
ordnance supply chain.
Other activities include support for the ASLAV
Crew Procedural Trainers, and Sophie thermal
imaging cameras and other optronics. There is also
support for the avionics, electrical systems, mission
management systems and simulators for the Tiger
ARH and MRH90 helicopters.
In the air domain, Thales supports the Wedgetail
E-7A Operational Flight Trainer. Located at RAAF
Base Williamtown, NSW, the Wedgetail E-7A OFT is
a key component of the RAAF’s Wedgetail AEW&C
pilot training program. It is the sole Wedgetail pilot
training device used by the RAAF, and delivers realistic
and high-quality simulated flight crew operations. The
simulator was originally manufactured by Thales and
has been in use by the RAAF since 2006.
TRANSFIELD SERVICES (AUSTRALIA)
In 2013 the Department of Defence has signed a
major Land Materiel Maintenance (LMM) contract
with Transfield Services (Australia). The contract is for
an initial term of six years, expiring on 30 June 2019,
with five one-year options. The LMM agreement
provides equipment maintenance services to Joint
Logistics Command Units across Australia.
The contract covers the maintenance of land-based
vehicle fleets primarily operated by Army. The work
includes inspection, scheduled servicing, repair and
modification of equipment, programmed maintenance
and project work, maintenance of regional loan
pools, management of repair pools and support to
Joint Logistics Command will lead the planning
and management of LMM, supported by a contracted
technical and specialist workforce.
This contract was a landmark agreement that
underpins reforms in the ADF’s logistics system,
a key component of Defence’s Strategic Reform
Land materiel maintenance services were
previously delivered under three Defence contracts
which expired on 30 June 2013. This new agreement
consolidated those services into one national
UGL chief Richard Leupen has declared defence as
a new growth area for the company after securing a
$300 million contract for the navy's eight Anzac-class
frigates. The federal government awarded the five-
year maintenance and repair contract to Naval Ship
Management Australia - a joint venture between UGL
and Babcock Australia.
"Defence is something we've been very keen to get
into for a long time in a bigger way so it's a great win,"
Mr Leupen said.
A NEW DEFENCE INDUSTRY POLICY
The Defence + Industry ePortal provides
comprehensive and authoritative company supplied
information on Australian industry capability for
Defence and other potential customers. The ePortal
is designed to provide industry with tools to access a
wide and comprehensive range of Defence information
together with opportunities for companies, including
SMEs, to participate in Defence acquisition and
But industry is looking for more than this. It wants
to be able to plan and invest for the longer term.
The Government has made it clear that defence
procurement and support is to be directed by
Defence’s needs, not as an instrument of industry
policy. So where does that leave defence industry
The simple answer is that the next step by Defence,
already in preparation, is for the Defence White
Paper 2015 to be released by Government which
will present the current and prospective strategic
situation for Australia and what capabilities will be
required on what timeline in response.
Then will follow a Defence Capability Plan 2015
which will give details of the projects required to
deliver this capability, with each broken up into
phases and described in terms of capability sought,
with a project timeline and an expectation of cost
band and complexity. As previously mentioned,
these project phase descriptions will also include an
Australian Industry Opportunities section.
A formal Defence Industry Policy statement by
Government is unlikely before the release of DCP
2015, so the industry will just have to keep looking
into its crystal ball for up to another year. ¢
An Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) Tiger from the 1st
Aviation Regiment takes-off at the Townsville Field Training Area.
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