Defence this week held an information session to explain to industry representatives and academics how they could help progress the Federal Government’s plan to establish a Sovereign Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise.

Representatives from Defence’s Joint Capabilities Group and Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) met virtually with about 350 representatives from across Defence industry, including manufacturers, small- and medium-sized businesses as well as researchers.

Head Land Systems – CASG Major General Andrew Bottrell said Defence was delighted with the high level of interest shown by the organisations that participated in the information session and the number that have downloaded the Request for Information from AusTender.

“Since becoming Head of Land Systems, I continue to be impressed by the capabilities and commitment of Australian industry, and the munitions and guided-weapons sector is no different,” Major General Bottrell said.

“It is not too late to help shape the future and I encourage all companies who believe they have something to offer to respond to our Request For Information.”

Given the scope of the planned enterprise, Defence is encouraging organisations not traditionally linked to the defence sector to consider how they could apply their skill base and capabilities to the initiative.

This initial phase is focused on defining what capabilities will be incorporated within the enterprise.

The Request for Information process closes on August 2.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit AusTender in the first instance. 

For more project information, visit the Sovereign Guided Weapons and Explosive Ordnance Enterprise page on the Defence website

All media enquiries regarding the enterprise should be directed to Defence Media at: media [at] defence.gov.au