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International Airshow (Avalon) at which defence careers are promoted;
Australia (UniSA) Audit Advisory Board; and UniSA Division of Business
Advisory Board & UniSA Council. BAE Systems Australia also has links
with UniSA through their (BAE System Aust) Masters of Systems Support
Engineering and Military Systems Integration Program.
Defence Industry Skilling is further enhanced by the CEO of BAE Systems
Australia Mr. Jim McDowell CEO as the Chair of the Advisory Board -
Defence Systems Innovation Centre (DSIC).
BAE Systems Australia participates in the First Program working with and
sponsoring students, and are on the Board of NAMIG - Northern Advanced
Manufacturing Industry Group. Relationships have been established
with TAFEs in Albury Wadonga and Newcastle for sustainment of these
Further links have been established with UniSA, RMIT, and a number of
As a company BAE Systems Australian is also investing significantly in
Military Systems Integration and Systems Support Engineering. Trades
based skills are currently the biggest area of focus for both BAE Systems as
are for a number of other Primes. The Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) project
has seen a demand for the increase in trades employees particularly welders
and other maritime related trades such as pipe fitters/welders.
The Air Warfare Destroyer program with its key component being the AEGIS
radar system has seen significant involvement by Lockheed Martin in the
establishment of the support centre located in the purpose built facility
Techport South Australia. This is a component of the long term required to
introduce and sustain the 3 Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers.
Furthermore, the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to the
Joint Strike Fighter program means that Australian companies are reaping
benefits to not only support the estimated 100 F-35As to be acquired by
the RAAF but also participate in the global supply chain when it comes
to manufacturing and support. The F-35 Lightning II is to be the largest
produced single aircraft in modern times with the 9 current partner nations
expected to acquire up to 3,100 aircraft. This fails to include a number
of other nations expressing interest in acquiring this aircraft. The recent
announcement by the Commonwealth Government for the purchase of
another two C-130J Hercules transport further links Lockheed Martin to
the RAAF. The RAAF already operates a substantial existing fleet of Hercules
Transport aircraft. The Joint Air to Air Standoff Missile or JAASM currently
equips the F/A-18 fighters and may be also equip the F-35 in the future.
The management, training and sustainment of these systems and platforms
required skills and abilities provided by Lockheed Martin and often the
formation with partners in the wider Australian community to deliver these
outcomes, sustain employment and provide essential technological transfer.
Raytheon Australia has been continually active in provision of support for
the Collins Class submarine, Classic F/A-18 A/B Hornet and the recently
introduced Super Hornet RAAF aircraft. The integration of the Aegis radar
and fire control system of the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer will be
undertaken at Techport South Australia by Raytheon Australia.
Raytheon Australia has a vested interest in Australian enterprise
architecture capability. This is being demonstrated with Hobart Class Air
Warfare Destroyer Program where staff provides a high level of independent
technical review and risk mitigation for Raytheon and the AWD Alliance.
The Raytheon Certified Architect Program (RCAP) was created to recognise
the importance of architecture in the development of complex systems, such
as the Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyer. RCAP further demonstrates the
Raytheon’s abilities as a mission systems integrator and our dedication to
supporting engineers who can design, integrate, and evolve the architectures
of highly complex systems and enterprises.
So far nine Australians have become involved in various stages of the
company’s certified architect program which involves extensive training in
the United States in a variety of architectural methods.
Raytheon Australia’s cites this as a unique capability within the Australian
defence market to produce architectures for complex defence procurements
that meet the needs for flexibility, stability and performance. This particular
skill is viewed as critical for programs such as Australia’s future submarine
program SEA 1000.
The consensus appears to be that the cyclic nature of the defence industry, and the way defence projects are funded and contracted are huge
challenges for the sector. In a complex global marketplace, leveraging international skills, technologies and expertise is vital, especially in programs
involving high levels of technological complexity. However, this needs to be balanced with the strategic necessity of maintaining and developing
local Australian skills and expertise, and to adjust to long term changes in Defence demand. Long lead times between projects makes it difficult
to keep a workforce engaged both in terms of technology and employment. Growth of adjacent markets such as mining and resources industry in
Australia has seen a move of skilled workers away from defence industry skilling, while other factors include a decline of enrolments into certain
university degree courses including Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) related studies. International competition means that
Australian talent may be enticed to overseas career opportunities. APDR
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