During a recent visit by the Hon. Greg Combet AM MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, local Australian aerospace and defence component manufacturers, Production Parts have officially unveiled their latest machining centre investment worth approx $1.5mil.
The ribbon cutting ceremony held at Production Parts’ Airport West facility was welcomed by Combet who stated that this was an example of an Australian SME investing in cutting edge technology to support the ADF.
The newly installed Okuma Macturn 550 is one of a few such machines in Australia and was purchased by Production Parts to specifically undertake work on a new multi-million dollar Torpedo contract. This contract was recently awarded to Production Parts by Thales Australia.
Production Parts’ Managing Director, Peter Nicholls had stated that this large scale manufacturing project has facilitated the procurement of sophisticated equipment, manufacturing software, new employment and skills enhancement.
The Commonwealth of Australia has ordered the torpedoes under Phase 3 of Joint Project 2070 (Project Djimindi), which is managed through the Djimindi Alliance. The MU90 will eventually replace the current lightweight torpedoes aboard Adelaide and ANZAC Class frigates.
On the programme, Combet had also stated that this significant international programme will enable Australian manufacturing companies the opportunity to grow. The Rudd Government’s commitment is to increase Australian participation in Defence programmes.