ADROITA and BecTech, both female owned and led engineering consultancies serving the defence sector, have signed a memorandum of understanding that will deepen defence co-operation between Australia and the US in light of the recent AUKUS pact.
The partnership deal was inked to formalise an existing relationship between the two companies to share knowledge and work to support critical defence maritime programs. The formal agreement aims to capitalise on the melding of local maritime acquisition and through-life-support know-how and experience, and international naval, combat systems, and systems integration engineering best practice.
The relationship sets both companies up to not only jointly support existing naval programs and capabilities such as the Hobart Class air warfare destroyer Aegis Weapon System upgrade (SEA 4000 Phase 6), undersea surveillance programs, and Hobart Class sustainment; but to also leverage the scientific and engineering developments potentially generated by AUKUS. ADROITA and BecTech will be equipped to jointly provide vital support to Defence when Australia and the US formalise technology sharing arrangements under the AUKUS deal.
This includes highly specialised engineering and technical support to Australia’s acquisition of and transition to a nuclear-powered submarine capability, as well as long range strike weapons, hypersonics, artificial intelligence, emerging undersea capabilities, submarine construction yard design and delivery, and ordnance facility design.
ADROITA will bring deep local experience and expertise in maritime acquisition and sustainment and specialist operations, combat systems, systems integration and life cycle management knowledge to the partnership. BecTech will contribute in-depth weapons and combat system design and systems integration expertise, their proven experience in the management of complex US weapons and naval programs, submarine construction yard experience with the SEA 1000 Future Submarine program, and the construction, testing and operations of nuclear-powered submarines.
This partnership will increase Defence cooperation between Australia and the US, according to ADROITA CEO Sarah Pavillard.
"It will strengthen Australia’s sovereign combat systems engineering and integration capability, and is another example of ADROITA realising our core purpose of Engineering Success for Sovereign Capability," Pavillard said.
"I’m delighted about transforming ADROITA’s relationship with BecTech into a partnership that will deliver real results to Defence, with our first joint project commencing this week."
BecTech VP international programs Mike Fierro added that it is an exciting time to be back in Australia with so many important programs underway.
"Our relationship with ADROITA reflects our continuing commitment to contribute to Defence’s capability and capacity and in a way that promotes Australian industry capability," Fierro said.
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"We look forward to expanding our opportunities to bring Innovative Concepts for the Future to the Commonwealth through this relationship."
BecTech joins ADROITA in Australia this week to kick off a work package to plan a complex technical activity for the Department of Defence.
ADROITA is an award-winning consultancy, and was founded in 2016 by Pavillard, a Navy Weapons Engineer and Navy veteran.
Since then, ADROITA has developed a reputation for delivering innovative solutions to complex challenges for Defence and Australian SMEs. With a growing team and expertise across multiple engineering and other professional services domains, ADROITA is well positioned to support Defence and leverage the technologies that AUKUS will enable.
BecTech was founded in 1997 by Rebecca Sutton, a Combat System Test and Evaluation expert, with Bob Wilson, a guided weapons and combat systems expert. BecTech is a privately held engineering, program management, and professional services company supporting US Navy, Missile Defense Agency, and International Navy Programs, including in Australia.
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