Geoff Gallop

Geoff Gallop

Former Premier; Minister for Public Sector Management; Water Resources; Federal Affairs

    US defence giant Raytheon to relocate to WA

    16/06/2003 8:35 AM
     
    16/6/03

    Premier Geoff Gallop has welcomed the decision by Raytheon Australia to relocate its Naval Systems Division headquarters to the Australian Marine Complex (AMC) Technology Precinct in Cockburn Sound.

    The move will see the creation of more than 150 high paying jobs for Western Australians and is also expected to inject millions of dollars into the State economy.

    The jobs will include software design and engineering, software systems integration, hardware design and technical installation, creating much needed quality and highly paid employment.

    “Apart from a dozen or so key personnel, the other positions will be recruited and trained locally, providing significant opportunities for training providers,” Dr Gallop said.

    “This is great news for our State and a further demonstration of how Western Australians are sharing the benefits of our strong economy through the creation of jobs and new opportunities for the future.”

    The company will work in conjunction with universities in WA on research development and engineering activities.

    The company will also be supporting the submarine shore training facilities at HMAS Stirling, Royal Australian Navy (RAN) surface ships armed with Raytheon built sensors and weapons, and the MK 48 ADCAP torpedo support workshop.

    In the pipeline is another $695million in projects earmarked for completion over the next five years.

    “The decision also greatly improves the opportunity for WA to grab a huge slice of the estimated $6.5billion worth of naval projects, including the RAN Air Warfare Destroyer Program (AWD), coming up for tender in the next few years,” Dr Gallop said.

    “Raytheon’s presence will markedly assist us in promoting our capability during the lobbying for these contracts, and will attract other high technology companies to the Technology Precinct cluster."

    The Premier said these contracts would be hard fought for, and the Government would work with industry, similar to the current Navy Patrol Boat strategy.

    The State Government has provided a level of incentive in support of Raytheon Australia’s move to WA. In return, Raytheon will significantly expand its base population through local employment as well as supporting the growth of local industry and exports.

    “From a strategic point of view, a strong Raytheon Australia presence in WA strengthens our argument to the Federal Government that we are a strong participant in the upcoming rationalisation of the Australian naval ship building industry,” Dr Gallop said.

    The State Government is working with industry to promote the capabilities of the Australian Marine Complex and WA’s marine industries in the rationalisation process.

    Tenix is undertaking docking and repairs on HMAS Shean at Tenix’s marine support facility. Raytheon will install the Collins Class combat systems.

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