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Aussie MoD Releases Electronics Blueprint

Under Secretary for Defence Materiel, Mr Mick Roche, has today released a discussion draft of the Defence Electronic Systems Sector Plan, which proposes a more strategic approach to Defence acquisition.

The draft document is a working paper of the Defence and Industry Advisory Council (DIAC) Electronic Systems Working Group. While this document has not been endorsed by Defence, Mr Roche said it has been released during the Defence + Industry Conference to encourage input by both Defence and the electronic systems sector.

"Defence will spend between $9 billion and $12 billion on military systems integration in Australia over the next ten years.

"This plan proposes new directions for how we use this investment to help sustain those industry capabilities that are critical to the self-reliance of the Australian Defence Force," he said.

Those capabilities include military systems integration, mobile military communications, electronic warfare, niche capabilities in radar and underwater acoustic technologies.

Mr Roche said this innovative draft proposes an increase in capability within the Defence electronics industry.

"The plan would see Defence engaging the suppliers in early definition of requirements, and developing technologies to support the suppliers with better intellectual infrastructure," he said.

"The plan argues that this approach would not compromise the competitive structure of the Australian Defence electronics sector market, but it does provide a framework for capability.

"I would like to thank industry representatives who had helped shape the Plan over the last eighteen months and invite all stakeholders to consider this document and forward their comments by 31 July 2003."

The discussion draft is available at www.defence.gov.au/DMO. The draft is a working paper of the DIAC Electronic Systems Working Group and will be reviewed in light of stakeholder comments.

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