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Systems engineering support sought for air warfare destroyer project.



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MEDIA RELEASE SENATOR THE HON ROBERT HILL Minister for Defence Leader of the Government in the Senate

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Saturday, 23 October 2004 208/2004

SYSTEMS ENGINEERING SUPPORT SOUGHT FOR AIR WARFARE DESTROYER PROJECT

The Howard Government has today advertised a tender seeking an Australian based combat system engineering company to support the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) program.

Defence Minister Robert Hill said the combat system tender follows last week’s release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for Australian shipbuilders to bid for the contract to build the Navy’s Air Warfare Destroyers - one of Australia’s largest and most complex Defence projects.

“The Government has now moved quickly to engage Australian industry in the additional major work needed for the AWD program as promised during the election campaign,” Senator Hill said.

“This is a challenging systems engineering project. The successful tenderer will be required to work with Defence and the US Navy in developing a total combat system for the AWD using AEGIS as the core.

“The world-class AEGIS system that will be fitted to the new AWDs will be capable of detecting and defeating multiple hostile aircraft and missiles at ranges in excess of 150 kilometres. This will be in addition to anti-submarine and anti-shipping capability and sensors to detect ballistic missiles in flight.

“The release of today’s RFP tender completes the initial package of tenders for this project.”

The role of the AWD Combat System—Systems Engineer (AWDCSSE) is to provide system level design and integration of non-Aegis elements of the AWD combat system.

The engagement of combat system integration expertise from within Australia is in line with the Government’s Skilling Australia’s Defence Industry policy and the Defence Electronic Systems Sector Strategic Plan.

“Developing key Defence capabilities within Australian Industry is a top priority for the Howard Government,” Senator Hill said.

The terms of the combat system RFP will be available from Monday, 25 October 2004.

The RFP will remain open for approximately eight weeks. It is expected that the company selected for the AWDCSSE role will be appointed by March 2005.