$33m defence contract to create new SA jobs

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Adelaide aviation manufacturer Babcock has signed a $33 million deal to provide ground support equipment to the Australian Defence Force (ADF), creating 16 new South Australian jobs.

Providing Ground Support Equipment Asset Management Services for the ADF, the contract covers all manner of equipment, including power units and equipment which loads and unloads aircraft.

The contract is expected to become fully operational from June 2018.

“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,” said Defence Industry minister Christopher Pyne.

Babcock will deliver engineering, maintenance, supply support, acquisition and sustainment management services, contributing to aviation across Air Force, Navy, and Army.

“The establishment of a strategic partnership with Babcock is consistent with Defence’s First Principles Review recommendations, and is an example of the ongoing reforms being completed by the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group,” Pyne added.