Under the agreement, Babcock will partner with the ADF to deliver improved availability and operating cost savings across the 3,000-plus asset GSE fleet, at more than 20 locations, and will create 16 new jobs in South Australian.
In announcing the contract award, defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said the award established a strategic partnership with Babcock which is consistent with Defence’s First Principles Review recommendations.
“This contract will pave the way in future strategy and innovation for aircraft fleet support systems for the ADF, while also developing Australia’s defence industry asset management capabilities,” Minister Pyne said.
Babcock Australasia CEO, David Ruff added; “Babcock is the trusted manager of critically operational and complex asset fleets to the military and emergency services across the globe. We know that ground support equipment is critical to the operations of both commercial and military air operators, and we are particularly proud to bring our local expertise and experience with Qantas, to the ADF.
“We have a well-defined, agile approach to asset management that is scalable across sectors, as proven by our support to critical operations in Defence, both here in Australia and globally,” he added. “In terms of the latter, it is our intention to support the recommendation of Defence’s First Principles Review, and the ongoing Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group reforms, by bringing to Australia those asset management models that have been successfully proven in military operations and training in demanding environments. Our bid for the prestigious JP2060 programme is a case in point.”
The contract is expected to become fully operational from June 2018.