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It is these global operations and well-established
long term business models that give BAE Systems
unique access to mature and wide ranging supply
chains. This offers both flexibility and economies of
supply for the ADF.
When combined with the company’s leading
domestic manufacturing capabilities, this presents
a commercially sustainable, safe and efficient
operation with a level of flexibility that can adapt to
meet future Defence needs at various operational
Another differentiator for BAE Systems is its
ability to produce and supply a range of Insensitive
Munitions (IM). The company has developed a wide
range of IM solutions for artillery and mortars using
a number of technologies and continues to develop
new IM products.
BAE Systems Business Development Manager
Kevin Kitto said: “It’s our extensive global business
base and experience that establishes us as a
strong contender for DM MA. We are current market
leaders in the UK and US and in both cases have
significant supply chains which we can leverage for
the Australian customer and domestic operations.
“The significant investments we’ve made in
upgrading and transitioning our munitions facilities
have meant that we have been able to reduce
the overall cost of production and introduce new
To offer the maximum possible benefits to the
Commonwealth of Australia, BAE Systems and
EXPAL Systems have teamed to bid for the DMMA
EXPAL Systems is the defence arm of the
MAXAM Group, a global leader in the commercial
explosives and energetic material market. MAXAM
operates in 150 countries with more than 80
manufacturing facilities worldwide.
EXPAL is a major European supplier of ammunition
for the international market and by its strong links to
South East Asian countries the team will seek to
enhance export opportunities and local production.
Kevin said: “When we looked at the detailed
requirements for this program, it became clear that
our capabilities were highly complementary.
“The additional range of natures and
demilitarisation technology which EXPAL brings
together with access to export military markets fits
in with our capabilities. This added to their unique
access to commercial markets through MAXAM
is something which we can leverage to develop
more commercial opportunities for the Mulwala and
Its extensive munitions business transformation
experience from the UK and track record of
successfully transitioning of GOCO facilities in
the US reinforces BAE Systems. In both cases, the
company has delivered its customers a business
model that is more effective, efficient and flexible.
The Australian customer can expect the same.
The aim of Raytheon Australia’s team for the
Domestic Munitions Management Agreement
(DMMA) is to provide a fresh, new approach to the
supply of ADF munitions and the management of
associated Commonwealth facilities and assets at
Mulwala and Benalla.
Successive reviews of the existing arrangements
have highlighted substantial inefficiencies with
the present system and the need to deliver new
commercial arrangements for the manufacture and
supply of locally produced munitions. However, the
answer lies not in doing the same with less. To do so
would threaten the livelihoods of a valuable regional
workforce, continue to under-utilise Commonwealth
assets and deny the ADF substantial potential cost
savings in the production of their munitions.
Instead, the Raytheon team aims to bring out
the best in the local workforce and facilities by
growing new exports for Australia as part of a global
munitions strategy. International expertise and
additional markets beyond the ADF are fundamental
to the success of such an endeavour.
Raytheon Australia’s strong DMMA team
brings together three recognised global munitions
companies with extensive expertise, experience,
and infrastructure in the manufacture and supply
of energetic materials as well as guided and
Raytheon is a global leader in the manufacture of
precision guided munitions and is the primary supplier
to the ADF of the majority of classes of in-service
guided munitions. As a subsidiary of Raytheon
Company, Raytheon Australia has an impeccable
record in contract delivery and performance as well
as considerable local experience in carrying out
relevant transition activities.
Significantly, the Raytheon team is comprised of
companies with existing global munitions strategies.
Chemring Australia is the country’s foremost
manufacturer and supplier of expendable
countermeasures and military pyrotechnics.
Chemring Australia is part of the global Chemring
Group PLC, which is the world leader in expendable
countermeasures, and is a niche manufacturer of
munitions components and energetic materials.
In Australia Chemring operates one of the best
countermeasures sites in the world. It will be
proposed that Chemring will be responsible for
the Commonwealth’s Mulwala site while Raytheon
Australia will operate the Benalla site. Chemring
brings global expertise and access to considerable
Poongsan Corporation, based in the Republic
of Korea, is renowned for its design, development
and manufacture of small, medium and large calibre
ammunition and propellant. The company is the
designated general ammunition manufacturer to
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