At the HunterNet Defence Conference I touched on a couple of programs where Hunter-based industries have already had success winning significant elements in support of LAND 121 Phase 3A, which is supplying over 2,000 of the Mercedes-Benz G-Wagons and nearly 1,800 trailers, and LAND 121 Phase 3B, which is supplying over 2,500 medium and heavy trucks from Rheinmetall MAN Military Vehicles Australia.
LAND 121 Phase 4 will deliver over 1,000 Hawkei protected mobility vehicles - light, and again local industry has a key role to play.
On the horizon is LAND 400 Phase 2, which will deliver a Mounted Combat Reconnaissance capability – this project has short-listed two contenders to take through a risk mitigation activity (RMA) over the next 12 months; BAE Systems and Rheinmetall.
Again there are significant opportunities for industry to join the national supply chain for this project - industry participation will be a key evaluation criteria.
During the RMA, the short listed tenderers will be required to participate in engagement activities throughout Australia, where Australian industry can propose their offerings for value-for-money participation in the tenderer’s acquisition and support supply chains.
All Australian defence industry companies, including those that were previously part of unsuccessful bid teams, will be invited to participate in the RMA industry engagement activities.
Defence, in conjunction with Department of Industry, has developed a staged approach to assist Australian industry to showcase its capabilities to international tenderers. This includes a web-based registration process.
I encourage local defence industry, especially small and medium enterprises that have not already done so, to complete a web-based application form to be included in Australian industry activities on the LAND 400 portal.
Click here to go to the portal.
Rear Admiral (RADM) Tony Dalton is the Head of the Joint Systems Division. In this role RADM Dalton oversees the acquisition and sustainment of the Australian Defence Force’s joint systems covering electronic warfare, communications and command support, satellites and tactical interoperability, surveillance and control systems, and guided weapons.
RADM Dalton has decades of Defence experience having joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1980 as a direct entry aviation midshipman. He has amassed over 5500 military helicopter flying hours and has extensive experience as a Sea King and Seahawk flight pilot, a display pilot and as a qualified helicopter instructor. He served as Executive Officer of 816 Squadron in 1996 and Commanding Officer of 805 Squadron in 2001.
RADM Dalton has held a number of senior operational and acquisition and sustainment management positions including Commander Fleet Air Arm in Navy and Director General Navy Aviation Systems and Head Helicopter Systems Division in the then Defence Materiel Organisation.