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GLOBAL SUPPY CHAIN REPORT
ITT ESM systems on Collins Class submarines.
participating in ITT’s global supply chain and exposure to international
Global Defence Solutions – GDS also supports ITT Electronic Systems,
in relation to the sale and support of the ITT Radar Test Set and aircraft
antennas. GDS is also actively working with ITT Water & Waste Water in
Sydney, to provide water purification and treatment systems to the ADF.
Allied Data – Allied Data supports the sales and sustainment of ITT
Electronic Systems - Underwater Systems sonar arrays and transducers,
Underwater Telephone and Doppler Logs.
Strategic General Services - Major General (retd) John Kingston is a
Director of ITT Defence Australia and provides business development
consulting services to ITT.
The ITT Field Office Representatives and IMR Network
ITT has a network of foreign offices and approximately 150 companies
around the world, referred to as International Marketing Representatives
(IMRs), supporting its international business development activities.
These representatives and companies are required to observe and promote
ITT’s core values in relation to their business ethics / code of corporate
conduct; observance of the Foreign and Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)
and the International Trade in Arms Regulations (ITAR). ITT makes no
apologies about demanding that its international representatives observe
these export regulations and business codes of conduct.
IMR Conferences are held every two years, to ensure that these
international representatives remain current with ITT’s product range and
remind them of their responsibilities in relation to the FCPA and ITAR.
These conferences are always well attended and are a valuable mechanism
for team building, enhancement of product knowledge and the promotion
of ITT’s core values.
The AIC / GSC Program
A core tenet of ITT Defence Australia is to engage with Australian industry
wherever possible, to support the delivery and sustainment of its products
and services in Australia and also incorporate Australian companies into
the ITT global supply chain. Examples of where this has occurred to date
enhancements to the ITT ESM system and the sale of these ESM
systems to US and other overseas customers
vehicles against remotely controlled IEDs. Two Australian companies
designed and developed the vehicle integration kits and low profile
antennas for the ADF vehicles. These systems were well engineered
and have been so well received that ITT is investigating opportunities
to incorporate these enhancements into its CIED products for other
domestic and international customers.
a secure, IP data networking radio into their products, with a view to
then assisting these companies to promote and sell these ‘enhanced’
products to international customers.
sensitive EW equipment to the ADF via FMS and is investigating
in-country support options for these equipments and systems.
Appropriate Australian partners may well be engaged to provide these
Commitment / Engagement
Many large Defence primes are divided along product or capability lines
and because these ‘stove piped’ division’s priorities are different, often find
it difficult to cooperate internally on joint programs. Therefore integrating
the niche capabilities or products of a small Australian company (located
on the other side of the world), into the larger international prime, adds
another layer of complexity to this particular situation.
Large, geographically dispersed companies may also find it difficult
to enthuse their various divisions about the potential for a small
Australian company to enhance the capabilities of a major equipment or
system. It is only through high level management commitment and the
implementation of a persistent and pervasive education campaign that
these internal barriers can be slowly demolished.
The GSC Deed
The Australian Government has implemented the Global Supply Chain
(GSC) Deed program to promote, develop and sustain a viable Australian
Defence Industry. Previous offset and Australian Industry Capability
(AIC) programs have either been ineffective or had only marginal success
in achieving the desired outcomes. The GSC program is a Government
/ Major Prime cooperative venture, aimed at raising the skill levels
of Australian companies and providing them with opportunities to
participate in US Prime’s global supply chains. It is not a free ride and
these Australian companies must compete on merit, but this program
provides them with opportunities which may not have been available or
even denied them.
Through doing business over many years in Australia, ITT has demonstrated
that it embraces the principals of the GSC Deed, without actually being a
member of the (relatively recently formed) Global Supply Chain ‘Club’.
However over the past few months, ITT has been discussing the feasibility
of becoming an active member of the program and is seriously considering
For further information about ITT please contact: Graeme Clare, Managing Director
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