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
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.
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.