AWD sustainment contract creates 50 new jobs

AWD Hobart sails towards Sydney Harbour. Image via Commonwealth of Australia, Department of Defence.

Raytheon Australia will take on 50 new employees at its Naval Sustainment Hub at Macquarie Park in Sydney, after being awarded a contract to support the combat system of the Air Warfare Destroyers.

The new jobs relate to the initial $20 million subcontract for the Destroyer Enterprise, involving BAE Systems Australia as managing contractor and Raytheon Australia as the destroyers’ combat system integrator.

The new Destroyer Enterprise, an industry group led by BAE Systems Australia, will manage the sustainment for these destroyers. The new enterprise will set out to deliver an effective and efficient sustainment capability while also securing the capability of the warships.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who made the announcement at Raytheon's Macquarie Park facility, said the overall sustainment of the new AWDs is expected to generate more than 200 jobs in Sydney with further subcontracts to be finalised next year as the Destroyer Enterprise matures. The PM said these will include those between the managing contractor; the ship repairer, Thales Australia; and the ship designer, Navantia Australia.

"In addition to drawing on the work of local SME’s, the roles generated from this contract will require highly skilled engineers, technicians, procurement specialists and program managers, all of whom can draw upon the decade of expertise that has been built at Raytheon Australia’s Naval Sustainment Hub in Macquarie Park," the PM said.

"These jobs build upon Raytheon Australia’s foundation as the country’s largest combat system integrator."

Raytheon Australia managing director Michael Ward said the awarding of the contract was "another proud day" for the company and its workers.

"As combat system integrator for the Air Warfare Destroyer for the past decade, this is another proud day for Raytheon Australia and I want to thank Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, for recognising the importance of this milestone not just to the company but to the nation," Ward said.

"The 500 naval combat system jobs we provide across Australia are amongst the most skilled and sought after roles in defence industry. Now they are at the core of a workforce that can genuinely enhance Australia’s industrial sovereignty in our national security interest."

Raytheon also kicked off its latest campaign in support of the government's 'Workforce behind the Defence Force' campaign. Raytheon said its new digital campaign will showcase the individual efforts of members of its systems engineering workforce and their personal contribution to the company’s 10 million hours of complex combat system design and integration.

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