Early Christmas cheer for BAE Systems

The Australian Government has awarded BAE Systems two new military helicopter support contracts, with a combined value of more than A$240 million, bringing early Christmas cheer to the Company’s operations in New South Wales and Queensland.  

The new contracts, which underpin BAE Systems’ global frontline support capabilities will see the Company maintain Seahawk and Black Hawk helicopters, in service with both the Royal Australian Navy and Army.

Scope of the contract work includes scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, structural repairs, engineering services, logistic support services, technical training for military personnel and the provision of specialised equipment and workshop support.

BAE Systems is a major capability provider to the Australian Defence Forces across the aerospace, land, maritime and joint sectors.

The Company already provides deep maintenance for Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18 fighters and integrated support services for the Royal Australian Navy’s four guided missile frigates.

BAE Systems is the premier global defence, security and aerospace company delivering a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and customer support services. With about 105,000 employees worldwide, BAE Systems’ sales exceeded US $34.4 billion in 2008.

BAE Systems Australia is a Core Participant of the Defence Materials Technology Centre.

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CRC for Advanced Composite Structures wins new funding

The Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) congratulates the CRC for Advanced Composite Structures (CRC – ACS) on its success in the 12th Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Selection Round.

The CRC – ACS was today granted $14 million in funding to continue its work connecting Australian small and medium enterprises in manufacturing, materials supply and engineering to international value chains.

Its four research programs will bring a range of new technologies to market including breakthrough aircraft structure assembly technology, low-cost infrastructure repair, and sustainable plant-fibre biocomposites.

Dr Mark Hodge, CEO of the DMTC congratulated the CRC-ACS, explaining the interrelationship between the two organisations.

“This is an extremely important outcome for DMTC given that CRC-ACS, through its commercial arm ACS Australia, is pivotal to DMTC’s ability to continue to provide world-leading composite technology to the defence sector,” said Dr  Hodge.

Six other CRCs succeeded in the 12th round, with the seven successful CRCs receiving a total of $130 million in funding.

“These CRCs address Government priorities, including economic disadvantage in remote communities,” Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, said announcing the funding.

“I congratulate all seven groups that were successful in what has been a highly competitive round.
“It is exciting to see such dynamic groups coming together to work on some of our most pressing challenges.

“These partnerships play a crucial role in addressing Australia’s innovation needs and delivering social, environmental and economic outcomes for all Australians.”

The other successful CRCs were:

  • CRC for Infrastructure and Engineering Asset Management ($12 million)
  • CRC for Environmental Biotechnology ($4 million)
  • CRC for Optimising Resource Extraction ($17.5 million)
  • CRC for Remote Economic Participation ($32.5 million)
  • Wound Management Innovation CRC ($28 million)
  • Vision CRC ($22 million)
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Pacific 2010

The Pacific International Maritime Exposition will be held from will be 27 to 29 January, 2010 in Sydney.

Venue: Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre

Sector: Maritime

The Pacific International Maritime Exposition has established an enviable reputation as the major international maritime, naval and defence-related event in the region.

The exhibition and conference program bring together key industry, defence and government decision makers from South East Asia and around the world and represent a magnificent opportunity to do business. They also provide an invaluable opportunity for those wishing to strengthen existing commercial maritime industry and defence networks and to establish new ones.

Visit the Defence Materials Technology Centre at stand 4G16

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DMTC’s first Associate Member signs up

Exel Composites will join the Defence Material Technology Centre’s (DMTC) Associate Membership Program in January 2010, becoming DMTC’s first Associate Member.

Exel Composites is a global fibre composites manufacturer using leading pultrusion and pull-winding technologies with manufacturing sites in seven countries. Thousands of carbon and glass fibre profiles have been developed for its customers worldwide, with solutions based on focused product development.

The Associate Membership Program provides a new level of involvement for companies interested in DMTC’s development of new materials and manufacturing technologies for use in defence industries.

Associate Members may renew their membership each year or elect to upgrade their membership in the Centre, subject to the approval by DMTC Board.

Associate Members will receive a regular review of the DMTC technical program and activities, an invitation to DMTC’s annual conference and workshop and many other benefits including rights to participate in short-term SME focused projects partially funded by DMTC.

For further information please contact Viktor Verijenko, DMTC Operations & Education Manager, on (03) 9214 4447 or email

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