BAE Systems Australia is looking to the next year with confidence following an internal restructure and the release of the Defence White Paper.
Speaking at a press conference at the Australian International Air Show, in Victoria today, Mr Peter Anstiss, Chief Executive BAE Systems Australia said the company was optimistic Australian industry would benefit from greater certainty over future funding and capability plans realised in the White Paper.
"During 2000 a thorough review of our Australian business was carried out to ensure we are structured to adapt to changes in defence expenditure, that we match capacity to future demand and that we have a competitive cost structure for the future," Mr Anstiss said.
During 2000, BAE Systems Australia was restructured into three clearly defined operating divisions, namely:
**A Customer Solutions and Support Division (CS&SD), which integrates our Support Services business and the Flight Training Colleges at Tamworth, Parafield and Jerez (Spain);
**A Defence Systems Division (DSD) which brings together the former NSW/ACT, SA, and VIC Operations activities; and
**The Lead-in Fighter Division, which continues unchanged.
The Australian company has determined to focus its business activities on the following areas:
**Communications (including C4ISR)
**Electronic Warfare and Integrated Software Systems
**Missiles & Decoys
**Customer Support Services, which incorporates Facilities Management; Flight Training Logistics; Maintenance; and Prime Solutions.
Mr Anstiss said the restructure also included a significant investment of $20 million in the recently announced South Australian defence precinct at Salisbury, north of Adelaide.
BAE Systems already employs 900 in South Australia and the consolidation of much of its Australian research and development, engineering and manufacturing operations in South Australia is expected to create some 300 new jobs in the next five years.
"We have selected Salisbury as our major Australian site because of the large number of employees already based in South Australia and its proximity to major clients such as the Defence Science & Technology Organisation and the Royal Australian Air Force base at Edinburgh," said Chief Executive, Peter Anstiss.
"Our investment in new facilities represents a major commitment by BAE Systems to South Australia and to the growth of our engineering skill base."
"This will place BAE Systems Australia in an even better position to deliver our primary business objective to provide and support the Australian Defence Force with leading edge solutions."
BAE Systems Australia, headquartered in Sydney, NSW, is one of Australia's leading defence and aerospace companies, having supported the Australian Defence Force for almost fifty years. With 2,700 employees at more than 50 locations, BAE Systems Australia combines key skills in engineering and systems integration, and is a leading supplier of support services, electronics and software. It offers outstanding complementary capabilities and systems integration to customers spanning all areas of defence.