High end manufacturing comes to the South East if contract awarded

Raytheon Australia announced today the Shoalhaven region in New South Wales will become the Asia Pacific manufacturing and sustainment hub for the S-100 Unmanned Aerial Systems, if it is selected to deliver the Australian Army’s LAND 129 Phase 3 program.

Raytheon Australia’s integrated and low-risk solution sets to couple the company’s 20 year pedigree a with a team of Australian-based small to medium enterprises, including Schiebel Pacific Limited and their CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Aerial System.

Three Shoalhaven-based SMEs – Schiebel Pacific Limited, Air Affairs Australia and Innovation Composites – together with Raytheon Australia have committed to participate in the local manufacture and sustainment of the CAMCOPTER® S-100 for the Asia Pacific region.

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Raytheon Australia has had a long-standing presence in Shoalhaven for over 20 years, and as part of the company’s LAND 129 Phase 3 offering, has ensured that approximately 20 new roles will be dedicated to the manufacture and sustainment of the S-100 UAS.

The establishment of this hub will also see approximately $50 million injected into the local Shoalhaven economy over the life of the program if Raytheon Australia’s system is selected.

“Our LAND 129 Phase 3 solution is backed by Raytheon Australia’s 20 year investment in sovereign complex systems integration, which allows us to offer a world-class system to meet the Australian Army’s future tactical UAS requirements,” said Raytheon Australia managing director Michael Ward.

“The development of this regional UAS sustainment hub will generate even more growth and jobs for the Shoalhaven region,” Ward said. “We will work with local suppliers to foster genuine Australian industrial sovereignty, prioritising Defence’s operational needs.”

Raytheon Australia and their selected team of Australian-based SMEs will establish an enduring sovereign UAS capability through the LAND 129 Phase 3 program.

“Our team combines Raytheon Australia’s strength in systems integration with the capabilities of locally-based SMEs, to deliver a solution for LAND 129 Phase 3 that will be provided by Australians, for the Australian Defence Force,” Ward said.

Andrew Watson, general manager at Schiebel Pacific Limited, said, “We are fully committed to the Australian market and are proud of our efforts in setting up the UAS manufacturing and sustainment hub for the Shoalhaven region.

“The hub enables us to closely work together with all involved partners and sets us up perfectly for the LAND 129 Phase 3 program,” he said.