Defence Industry Integrating Australian Businesses

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Minister for Defence Materiel and Science

Thursday, 24 June 2010


Defence + Industry = Integrating Australian

Businesses into the Global Supply Chain

Greg Combet, the Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, has congratulated the

Raytheon Industry Development Unit (IDU) on its achievements as a signatory to an

Australian Global Supply Chain Deed with the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO).

The Raytheon IDU is a DMO funded initiative to secure access for Australian industry

in global defence supply chains. 

Since its inception in July 2009, the Raytheon IDU has ensured 12 contracts for

Australian companies with Raytheon’s US based businesses worth over $50 million.

“This achievement means that Australian companies are now well integrated into

Raytheon's global supply chain,” said Mr Combet.

“Brisbane based company Micreo Ltd has achieved an important milestone in the

production of radio frequency modules used in the production of the Raytheon ALR-

67(V)3 radar warning receiver, an innovative capability implemented in Australia’s

F/A-18 Hornets and the new Super Hornets.

“I congratulate Micreo on the completion of more than 500 units for the Australian

and international defence markets.

“The Government recognises the important role that defence industry plays in

support of ADF capability, from the provision and maintenance of military equipment

to the delivery of a wide range of support services. 

“Growing the capacity and competitiveness of local defence industry will require

ongoing investment in skills development, workforce growth and improved

productivity,” said Mr Combet.

Mr Combet will launch the Australian Defence Industry Policy Statement on Friday,

25 June 2010.

Media contacts:

Rod Hilton (Greg Combet):

02 6277 7620 or 0458 276 619

Defence Media Liaison:

02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664

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