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THE HON GREG COMBET MP Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement

Wednesday, 20 February 2008 005/2008


Greg Combet, the Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, has welcomed the announcement that an Australian company, Australian Technology Information (ATI) Pty Ltd, has benefited from the Office of Australian Industry Capability (OAIC) in Seattle.

The OAIC works with the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) and Australian Industry to help identify bid opportunities for Australian companies in the Boeing global supply chain.

It was established in December last year following discussions and negotiations between Boeing and DMO.

Mr Combet said, “The OAIC not only provides Australian industry with competitive bidding opportunities in the global Boeing market but it also provides insight to opportunities, market assistance and mentoring and training of Australian suppliers.”

Through this process and their own hard work, ATI has been able to secure a contract from Boeing to develop technology and provide subject matter expertise for tactical data links such as Link-16. They are based in Canberra and it is expected that this could result in the creation of up to 30 new jobs.

Link-16 is a crucial element for achieving communications interoperability between the United States, Australia and other allies in the region. Link-16 was successfully added to the Royal Australian Air Force fleet of F/A-18 Hornets under Project Air 5376.

Mr Combet said, “I am particularly pleased that ATI has won the opportunity to work with Boeing and congratulate them on their wonderful achievement.

“Global opportunities exist for Australian industry and this is but one example of what the DMO and defence industry can achieve when they work together to secure global opportunities.”

Just last month Mr Combet also announced the establishment of the Defence Export Unit, another key plank in the Government’s strategy to assist Australian Industry to access opportunities in the global market.

Media contacts: Rod Hilton (Greg Combet): 02 6277 4771 or 0458 276 619 Defence Media Liaison: 2 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664