General Dynamics Mission Systems opens new Australian engineering centre

04 May 2018

Aerospace and defence organisation General Dynamics Mission Systems is expanding its presence in Canberra by opening a new office and engineering resource centre.

The location also houses the company’s commercial Mediaware business that has been in operation for more than 20 years.

Speaking about the decision to open the new centre in Canberra, Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics Mission Systems, says the company is working with Australia’s Department of Defence to support the Commonwealth’s defence modernisation plans.

‘Our tested and proven portfolio of land, sea, air, space and cyber technologies, products and systems will deliver cost-effective solutions for the current and future defence of the continent,’ he says.

A Defence Industrial Capability Plan was recognised in the 2016 Defence White Paper and 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement, and builds on the Naval Shipbuilding Plan released in 2017. The plan will identify the sovereign industrial capabilities that are required to be maintained and supported in Australia and the industrial strategy to grow Australia’s defence industrial base over the next decade. The Defence Industrial Capability Plan will be released in 2018.

‘The Australian Government is significantly increasing its investment in Australia’s defence capability, and has invited defence industry from around the world to contribute to various programs underpinning this,’ says Roland Stephens, Austrade’s Senior Investment Specialist in Advanced Manufacturing and Defence.

‘Further, the Government has directed the Department of Defence to enhance Australia’s own defence industry by explicitly designating it as a fundamental input to capability. To pursue these objectives, various agencies of government have been directed to facilitate inward investment into Australia’s defence sector, and to assist Australia’s defence industry in collaborating with the broader sector. This assistance takes the form of support, advice, and in some cases, direct government investment.’

General Dynamics Mission Systems has more than 100 locations worldwide and employs more than 13,000 engineering and technical professionals dedicated to solving security and technology challenges facing the US and its allies.