Work costing $150million to upgrade the weapons systems aboard the Royal Australian Navy’s ANZAC frigate fleet will be performed in Perth.
The work will be performed by the ANZAC Alliance, a virtual company formed by Tenix Defence, Saab Systems and the Australian Government.
Speaking at Tenix’s Henderson premises, State Development Minister Clive Brown said the choice of Perth as a location for the upgrade work was a vote of confidence in Perth’s ship building industry.
“The Gallop Government has passionately pursued its vision of creating a world class shipbuilding and fabrication industry in Perth,” Mr Brown said.
“With our investment in the Australian Marine Complex and our ongoing efforts to attract defence technology operators to Perth, we are creating an industry cluster that could see Perth become Australia’s defence industry capital.
“I commend the Australian Government for recognising the Gallop Government’s work in developing Perth’s defence industry capabilities and choosing Perth as a location for the weapons systems upgrade of the ANZAC fleet.”
The Minister said he was hopeful of attracting further defence industry work to Perth.
“The ANZAC frigate upgrade work builds upon the recent winning of the $300million patrol boat contract,” he said.
“With the Australian Government planning further defence industry spending in the years ahead, including the building of three air warfare destroyers worth more than $4billion, we are confident Perth’s rapidly developing defence industry capabilities will give Perth the best possible chance of winning additional contracts and creating further jobs and opportunities for Western Australians.”
Mr Brown congratulated the work of the ANZAC Alliance and wished them well in achieving their ANZAC frigate upgrade work on time and on budget, a quality that has become a defining characteristic of WA's shipbuilding projects.
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