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PACIFIC 2017 and the Defence CRC in Trusted Autonomous Systems


During PACIFIC 2017, I met with a number of prime contractors including Naval Group and the companies that are tendering for SEA 5000: Fincantieri, Navantia and BAE Systems.  I also met with bidders for SEA 1180. My aim was to ensure that the primes are fully aware of our supply chain’s capabilities for naval ship building.

Common themes discussed at all meetings included the capabilities of Victoria’s maritime defence supply chain and the excellence of our R&D, design and engineering capabilities. I also provided copies of the newly launched Victorian Defence Research Universities Directory, which showcases defence research capabilities in Victorian Universities and research organisations, and which has already proved a useful ready reckoner  for a number of international defence contractors.

The successful bidders for projects like SEA 1000, SEA 1180 and SEA 5000 will likely bring a number of their Tier One suppliers with them to Australia.  These suppliers will be looking not just at where they can locate, but also for local partners with similar industrial capabilities.  As such, a priority for the Victorian Government will be B2B matching opportunities between the international firms and our local businesses to transfer  knowledge, skills and technology.  This is arguably one of the best opportunities for Victorian companies to become part of the naval ship building program, which will be based in Adelaide.

SMEs interested in B2B matching should get in touch with the Victorian Government Defence Sector Development Team, the Victorian Defence Procurement Office or the Victorian Defence Alliances.

While at PACIFIC, I also did a podcast with Defence Connect on LAND 400 Phase 2, Fishermans Bend, naval shipbuilding and the Defence Cooperative Research  Centre in Trusted Autonomous Systems. Click here to listen to the podcast.

Greg Combet speaks with Defence Connect's Phillip Tarrant at PACIFIC 2017

Doing a podcast with Defence Connect's Phillip Tarrant during PACIFIC 2017

Defence Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) - Trusted Autonomous Systems

The Defence CRC in Trusted Autonomous Systems’ purpose is to develop leading edge capability in autonomous systems for the ADF, with strong industry leadership.  It will receive approximately  $50 million in funding over a seven year period from the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group‘s Next Generation Technologies Fund.

The Victorian Government is keen to secure the CRC for Victoria, and we are currently working on how we can put our strongest possible case forward to ensure that we achieve this.

A decision on where the CRC will be based is expected by the end of this year.  

Greg Combet
12 October 2017