Takor Group warns of anti-Australian bias among defence stakeholders

Takor Group warns of anti-Australian bias among local defence procurement stakeholders
The Australian National Flag at Anderson Air Base during Exercise Cope North.

A pervasive anti-Australian attitude on the part of the domestic defence procurement ecosystem could severely hamper local efforts to build innovative products, warns Takor Group managing director Amir Farhand.

Speaking to Defence Connect, Farhand said, "There seems to be this chip on people's shoulders that if it's Australian it can't be good.

"I don't know why, and they put this red tape in place that is designed to make you conform to the exact requirement which they need."

Farhand – whose company specialises in providing the military with innovative geospatial capabilities – said that this attitude could render the Australian defence stance obsolete.

"The world is moving so quickly; what you need may change in six months time," he said. "I mean, we've got the situation in Syria and North Korea and all these things happening at the moment."

Specifically, Farhand warned that the Australian defence procurement system would find itself to be severely constrained if the global balance of power was to change unpredictably.

"If these things change, unfortunately, we're so restricted. How [are you] gonna get out of it [or] build a product to be truly innovative for the warfighter?" he asked.

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