Boeing assesses local capability for defence projects

Boeing Defence Australia is conducting a market search via ICN Gateway to get a better understanding of local capabilities for its Rotorcraft Network.

This includes starting the process of how it might integrate local industry into its proposal to supply its AH-64 Apache attack helicopter to meet the Land 4503 Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter (ARH) replacement program.

Meanwhile, it is also using Gateway to determine capabilities in space and satellite communication.

Working with ICN QLD, Boeing has published details for both projects of work packages in which it wants local involvement.

Boeing Defence Australia is an integral part of the region's defence industry and has been involved in some of the country’s largest and most complex defence projects.

“In 2018, Boeing spent more than $192 million with 675 Australian suppliers who helped them contribute to the development of sovereign capabilities that will grow Australia’s defence industry,” ICN Consultant Abhiney Arora said.

Boeing Rotorcraft Network

Boeing is developing this network to build capacity and capability through a select network of Australian industry partners in order to deliver sovereign sustainment and training services for its Rotorcraft programs.

These include the Chinook Integrated Sustainment Services contract for in-country engineering, supply-chain, training and maintenance services; and the Helicopter Aircrew Training System, an Australian-developed training system for up to 130 students.

On top of these programs, Boeing has put forward the AH-64E to replace the Australian Army’s existing ARH with 29 mature airframes capable of fulfilling three primary missions – reconnaissance, attack and security.

The company has published work packages for a variety of related opportunities, including components, ground support and airframe systems. Business can also register a general expression of interest or to be included in Boeing’s global supply chain.

“Through this process, Boeing will have a more thorough understanding of the local capabilities available to help them build their rotorcraft network in Australia as well as support further engagement for other opportunities,” Abhi said.

For more information, go to the Boeing Rotorcraft Network Gateway page.

Boeing Space and Satellite Communications Network

Boeing has listed a number of packages on Gateway to help them better understand the depth and breadth of space and satellite communication capability in Australia.

Boeing has a long history of space-related projects in Australia, including the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS), the IS-22 satellites used by the Australian Defence Force and the Currawong Battlespace Communications System.

The company is also developing new approaches to astronaut training, spacecraft design and crew health. Its research partnerships span CSIRO, the Air Force Research Laboratory, Defence Science and Technology Group, University of Queensland and Adelaide-based Myriota.  

Work packages listed on gateway include flight control, spacecraft and ground systems.

“By registering your business, Boeing will be made aware of your capabilities and the potential for these to contribute to current and future space and satellite communications projects delivered by Boeing Defence Australia,” Abhi said.  

For more information, go to the Boeing Space and Satellite Communications Network Gateway page.