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Aussie firm launches Defence division

Ron Parrello

The Queensland-based maintenance solutions provider has appointed a managing director to head up its new defence division.

The Queensland-based maintenance solutions provider has appointed a managing director to head up its new defence division.

Dingo, an Australia-based predictive maintenance solutions provider for the mining, energy and rail industries, has announced the appointment of Ron Parrello as managing director to lead its newly formed Dingo Defence division.


Parrello joins Dingo from Rheinmetall Defence Australia, where he held a number of management and program roles over a 10-year period, most recently serving as through-life-support project manager.

“I am excited about the opportunity to lead Dingo Defence to the forefront of predictive maintenance solutions for Defence and defence industry,” Parrello said.

“As an ex-soldier, I am committed to ensuring that our military personnel have the best performing equipment to use on operations.”

In his new role, Parrello has been tasked with supporting Dingo Defence’s engagement with the Australian Army to demonstrate the utility of ‘Trakka’ on vehicles involved in the Protected Mobility Integrated Capability Assurance Program (PMICA).

Dingo’s Trakka product is a cloud-based predictive maintenance system, designed to house asset health data, and drive system predictability, productivity and performance while reducing maintenance, sustainment, and personnel costs.


“Dingo Defence will place industry-leading technology in the hands of Defence personnel to help ensure every system deployed on operations can reliably complete its mission,” Parrello added.

“I am extremely proud to be joining an Australian company with a great product that will create jobs for Australians with the potential for export to global markets.”

Dingo CEO Paul Higgins added: “The Australian Defence Force is a critical part of protecting our nation’s future, and now more than ever technology is at the centre of advanced military capability.

“Defence have indicated that they see significant potential value in applying Dingo’s deep mining asset health expertise to their large equipment fleets across the services.”

Higgins welcomed Parrello to the role, adding that the new appointee is well equipped to support the delivery of new technological solutions to the ADF.

“Dingo has created a very senior role to lead a team to develop and deliver this value over the long term. Ron Parrello will build the Dingo Defence team with the sole purpose of providing Defence Force commanders with accurate, timely machine health insights for improved in-theatre decision making, reduced downtime risk and sense and respond capability,” Higgins said.

[Related: Team Redback completes key capability tests ]

Charbel Kadib

Charbel Kadib

News Editor – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

Prior to joining the defence and aerospace team in 2020, Charbel was news editor of The Adviser and Mortgage Business, where he covered developments in the banking and financial services sector for three years. Charbel has a keen interest in geopolitics and international relations, graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a double major in politics and journalism. Charbel has also completed internships with The Australian Department of Communications and the Arts and public relations agency Fifty Acres.

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