Raytheon Australia revs up to sustain guided missile destroyers

Raytheon Australia has launched the DDG Australian Industry Panel to drive its Capability Life Cycle Management solution for the Royal Australian Navy’s guided missile destroyers (DDGs).

The new panel is an established network of sovereign defence industry capability, comprising 350 naval systems professionals and 21 industry partners, selected for their in-depth knowledge of DDGs and highly relevant experience across the full spectrum of naval sustainment operations.

Navantia Australia, and Thales Australia, together with local SMEs Willyama, JLB-Yaran and Capability Partners, will join Raytheon Australia’s DDG CLCM team.

These critical partners will be supported by a larger group of Australian SMEs including asset management specialist Capability Partners, and Indigenous enterprises JLB-Yaran and Willyama, that have proven technical and commercial expertise in engineering, logistics, quality assurance, supply chain, cyber security and enterprise ICT.

Raytheon Australia managing director Michael Ward said the new DDG Australian Industry Panel builds on the company’s in-depth understanding of the DDG programme.

Ward said: “The only way to truly realise the full operational capability of the DDG – while also meeting schedule and budget targets – is to rely on the wide-ranging expertise that exists with industry, both big and small.

“Our experience on the Air Warfare Destroyer program taught us the critical need to work hand-in-hand with other global primes and local SMEs in order to integrate and tailor global systems, practices, tools and process.

“Defence is now seeing the benefit of these collaborations with industry starting to weave a more strategic collaboration approach that will lead to better operational outcomes for Australia.”

Raytheon Australia was combat system integrator for the Hobart Class DDG and the Collins class submarine programmes.

Thales Australia CEO Chris Jenkins said “We have been part of the DDG story for the past decade – from supporting the Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance to our engagement in the DDG sustainment enterprise.

“We stand ready to continue that support and we are thrilled to be part of the DDG Industry Group announced by Raytheon Australia today to support the Capability Life Cycle Management activities for the DDGs.”

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