MAJOR DEFENCE ENGINEERING HUB OPENS IN MELBOURNE

Posted on 29. Apr, 2010 in Victoria

The Brumby Labor Government today congratulated BAE Systems Australia on opening its new engineering headquarters in Richmond, home to three world class centres of excellence in defence systems supporting 280 highly-skilled jobs.

Victorian Industry and Trade Minister Jacinta Allan joined Senator Kim Carr, Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research at the opening, which consolidates the company’s aerospace, autonomous systems and guided weapons divisions in Melbourne. 

“BAE’s new headquarters represents a major vote of confidence in Victoria’s defence capabilities,” Ms Allan said.

“The Richmond headquarters is 3000 square metres in size.

“It will host divisions such as BAE’s Guided Weapons, which produces the Nulka Active Missile Decoy system, Australia’s largest regular defence export with over $800 million in sales, and the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile program, which is NATO’s largest collaborative defence program, involving 11 nations and Australia.

“It will also lead the global company’s design and development of specialised technologies such as real-time data fusion and processing, navigation, guidance and control used in advanced Unmanned Aerial Vehicle programs. 

“This will result in increased exports, more jobs, and a stronger defence industry in Victoria.”

Ms Allan said the headquarters also featured BAE’s centre for aerospace platforms providing engineering, design, systems integration and program management for a wide range of Australian Defence Force platforms, including the P-3 Orion, F/A-18, Hawk, Blackhawk, Chinook and Seahawk.

She said the Brumby Labor Government would continue to support Victoria’s defence industry and the sector’s significant contribution to manufacturing innovation and productivity.

“Our vision is for Victoria to be home to a world class defence industry that is recognised as the centre of the nation’s defence industry capability,” Ms Allan said.

“BAE’s presence in Richmond acts to greatly strengthen Victoria’s defence capabilities and will provide the state with a competitive advantage in advanced manufacturing.”

In 2008/09 Victoria’s defence industry was worth $2 billion, employed more than 9000 Victorians and produced more than $236 million in exports. 

Victoria is home to around 14,500 defence personnel, contributing $1.2 billion to the state economy annually.

 

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