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Australian industry on an upward trajectory

In a recent Manufacturers Monthly article, DMTC CEO Mark Hodge, the Head of Australia’s Joint Strike Fighter Program AVM Gordon, and BAE Systems Australia’s Aerospace Director Steve Drury discussed the JSF Program opening opportunities for Australian industry.

With production volumes increasing and the F-35 Program’s Global Support System maturing, defence and industry will continue to work closely together to optimise Australian industry participation in the F-35 Program.

“There are some challenges ahead, which means Australian industry will have to stay internationally competitive by improving efficiency; driving innovation, supporting skills development and maintaining quality,” AVM Gordon said.

By looking at both domestic and export opportunities – within both the defence sector and other related sectors – programs such as the JSF are “absolutely critical to clarifying the global competitiveness benchmarks” if SMEs are going to thrive, according to the DMTC.

“It’s long been understood that companies from SMEs right through to primes need a diversified base to thrive,” Dr Hodge said.

“The Australian Government’s commitment to the defence sector is certainly very welcome and it’s now a case of the rubber hitting the road as all of the promises in the suite of White Paper, Industry Policy Statement and the Integrated Investment Program documents start to come to fruition.”

The full article is available here.

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JSF Industry Development Opportunities

The Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) is a not for profit collaborative venture that brings together defence, industry, universities and government research agencies to develop technologies that will enhance Australia’s defence and national security capability.

DMTC is working with the Australian Department of Defence’s JSF Division and Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group to identify improvement and innovation opportunities for development, through DMTC. This collaborative approach will assist Australian companies to contribute to a strong industry base that supports the JSF capability and provides long-term national economic benefits.

DMTC sought expressions of interest from industry and research organisations to develop and enhance Australian industry capabilities in support of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program. The following guidance was provided to assist with applications:

The closing date for Quad Chart submissions has now passed. Contact Miles Kenyon on (03) 9214 4447 for more information.

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