The defence prime has established a sovereign defence industry capability network to support its sustainment of Australia’s Hobart Class destroyers.
Raytheon Australia has launched the DDG Australian Industry Panel — set up to offer a Capability Life Cycle Management (CLCM) solution for the Royal Australian Navy’s Hobart Class guided missile destroyer (DDG) fleet.
The new panel consists of 350 naval systems professionals and 21 industry partners, supporting Raytheon’s broader commitment to develop a ‘whole-of-industry’ approach.
“The only way to truly realise the full operational capability of the DDG – while also meeting schedule and budget targets – is to rely on the wide-ranging expertise that exists with industry, both big and small,” Raytheon Australia managing director Michael Ward said.
“Our experience on the Air Warfare Destroyer program taught us the critical need to work hand-in-hand with other global primes and local SMEs in order to integrate and tailor global systems, practices, tools and process.
“Defence is now seeing the benefit of these collaborations with industry starting to weave a more strategic collaboration approach that will lead to better operational outcomes for Australia.”
Navantia Australia, Thales Australia, Willyama, JLB-Yaran and Capability Partners are among the panellists, supported by a larger group of local SMEs providing specialist capabilities.
Chris Jenkins, Thales Australia CEO, welcomed the opportunity to support the DDG sustainment enterprise.
“We stand ready to continue that support and we are thrilled to be part of the DDG Industry Group announced by Raytheon Australia today to support the Capability Life Cycle Management activities for the DDGs,” he said.
Willyama Services owner Kieran Hynes said the company’s inclusion provides another opportunity to contribute to Australia’s sovereign defence capability.
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“We have been working with Raytheon Australia and Defence more broadly to create opportunities in cyber security and IT for Indigenous Australians and veterans through the successful delivery of projects, and we are looking forward to providing our expertise for the DDG Capability Life Cycle Management,” Hynes said.
Capability Partners founder Peter Kohler added that the local SME would support the ongoing development and provision of asset management strategic guidance, program optimisation and leadership of the DDG CLCM.
“We have been working closely with Raytheon Australia during the delivery of the OPV CLCM and look forward to further developing our ongoing partnership in delivering the goals of the Plan Galileo Future Maritime Sustainment Model,” Kohler said.
JLB-Yaran managing director Brendan Dumbrell said the company would work to enhance the DDG capability by leveraging ILS managers.
“We are excited to support the delivery of the Commonwealth’s Continuous Shipbuilding Program and play our part supporting the development of a resilient National Supply Chain, of a key enabler of Plan Galileo,” he said.
“As an Indigenous and veteran-owned Australian SME, we also look forward developing and championing this opportunity to ensure both opportunities for Indigenous professional development and a strong veteran workforce.”
Raytheon Australia was selected as the Combat System Systems Engineer for the Hobart Class DDG ships in 2005.
The company integrated 10 major subsystems, including the Aegis Weapon System, and the associated delivery of more than 3,500 major pieces of combat system equipment.
Raytheon Australia also helped design and build the land-based Through Life Support Facility (TLSF) and a Command Team Trainer.