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William Hutchinson, Managing Director, Thomas Electronics delivered this presentation at the inaugural Northern Australia Defence Summit. Bringing together key figures from the NT Government, senior …

William Hutchinson, Managing Director, Thomas Electronics delivered this presentation at the inaugural Northern Australia Defence Summit. Bringing together key figures from the NT Government, senior military figures, and senior industry representatives, this conference is all about the continuing development and support of Defence in the Top End.

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  • 1. Strictly Private & Confidential Support of ADF Avionics & Armoured Vehicle Electronics in the “Top End” Northern Australia Defence Summit 2013 William Hutchinson – Executive Chairman www.thomas-global.com October 2013 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 2. Agenda Overview of Thomas Electronics (TE)  Background of ADF Support models  Platform Support requirements & Locations in the “Top End”  Support Issues Possible Support Models TE involvement with ADF Support. TE strategic support plans - International - Domestic Questions & Answers  Support of ADF Avionics & Armoured Vehicle Electronics in the “Top End” 2 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 3. Thomas Electronics Innovative Solutions For Life-Critical Systems in Defence & Aerospace 57+ year record of innovation & dependability Our Long Term Support commitment is underpinned by: Specialist obsolescence management capabilities Commitment and focus on customer service levels. All activities supported by extensive proprietary knowledge base and R&D programs Assistance in supporting equipment that has limited or no support by the OEM. Major customers include Defence Forces, Defence Primes & Airlines. Leading quality systems, endorsed by major regulatory groups and customers 3 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 4. Thomas Electronics Lines of Business DISPLAY SYSTEMS ELECTRONIC SYSTEMS SIMULATION ELECTRO-MECHANICAL SYSTEMS Display Systems across CRT & LCD based systems;  CRT / LCD Displays  Retrofit LCD Display Units for legacy systems  Design & development for custom Applications  Obsolescence management Electronic & Embedded Software systems for Life / Mission critical systems;  Legacy system conversion / interfacing  Design & development for custom Applications  Custom Automatic Test Equipment Simulation Technology across Motion & Non-Motion based systems;  Crew Procedural Trainers  Facsimile Display Units  Projection Systems  Obsolescence management Electro-mechanical Systems;  Process critical systems support  Maintenance Tools & Test Equipment  Manufacturing Jigs  Operator Consoles Design, Integration, Verification & Validation (IV&V) of Custom Systems Through-Life Support (TLS) of TEOA & existing OEM Systems We maintain a clear focus on areas in which we have strategic capabilities 4 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 5. Background  TE has been supporting RAAF, Navy & Army electronic Systems since the early 1980’s.  TE has seen the transition from the direct SME / DMO relationship model (through the relevant SPO’s) to the current Defence Prime responsibility for the entire operational capability of the platform.  The SME involvement is now acting as a subcontractor to the Defence Prime with the SME having to compete against the Primes’ in-house capabilities. Support of ADF Avionics & Armoured Vehicle Electronics in the “Top End” 5 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 6. Location of Main ADF Bases in Australia Source: Department of Defence Website Support of ADF Avionics & Armoured Vehicle Electronics in the “Top End” 6 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 7. Location of Main ADF Bases in the “Top End” Source: Department of Defence Website Support of ADF Avionics & Armoured Vehicle Electronics in the “Top End” 7 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 8. What needs to be supported in the “Top End” Service Platform Equipment Australian Air Force Legacy Hornet Super Hornet F-35 Lightning II (JSF) Avionics Australian Navy MH-60R (Romeo) Armidale Class Patrol Boat Australian Army ARH Tiger MRH-90 M113 M1A1 ASLAV US Marines Night Vision Electro-Optics / Sensors F-35 Lightning II (JSF) HF / VHF / SatCom Support of ADF Avionics & Armoured Vehicle Electronics in the “Top End” 8 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 9. Challenges in Support Small number of arisings – due to improved reliability and small Australian fleet size. High cost of Test Equipment. Difficultly in supporting Electronics acquired on FMS Platforms, especially for Australian companies to provide in-country support for; C-17, C130J Wedgetail, Super Hornet M1A1 SH-60R (Romeo) ITARS – Technical Data Transfer Challenges with IP Transfer (Eg: Tiger / MRH-90 support by OEMDS) Support of ADF Avionics & Armoured Vehicle Electronics in the “Top End” 9 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 10. Benefits of In-Country Support to the ADF Australian support companies can provide first priority to supporting ADF and US forces operating in Asia-Pacific & Australia. Shortened TAT’s of Repairable Items (RI’s) by elimination of overseas logistics pipeline (typically 90 – 180 days). Reduced inventory holding with subsequent cost savings to ADF. Elimination of charges associated with international freight, customs clearances and handling charges from Australian companies that simply act as “Post Boxes” for shipping RI’s back to International OEM’s. Further reductions through active identification of waste and inefficiencies in the entire support model, not just the repair process. Reduction in costs through active obsolescence management programs to identify issues further ahead in time. Support of ADF Avionics & Armoured Vehicle Electronics in the “Top End” 10 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 11. Benefits of In-Country Support to Australia Good for Australian Industry (AI). Good for Australia – profits are reinvested in Australia. Key capabilities and skills developed & retained in Australia that can support future ADF acquisition & sustainment programs. AI has the ability to support platforms beyond their original planned service life only if it has the skills & IP gained through providing InCountry support (Eg: TE’s support of the Seahawk Avionics Displays). Support of ADF Avionics & Armoured Vehicle Electronics in the “Top End” 11 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 12. Benefits of having US Forces based in the “Top End” With US Marines being based in Darwin there is a greater need to support of fixed wing aircraft, helicopters, armoured vehicles and night vision equipment. Provides critical mass to in-country support on the following platforms; Super Hornet – US Navy F-35 Lightning II (JSF) – US Navy & Marines SH-60R (Romeo) – US Navy M1A1 / LAV / Stryker May assist local support companies in gaining access to the US Defence Logistics opportunities. Support of ADF Avionics & Armoured Vehicle Electronics in the “Top End” 12 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 13. Potential Support Models Partnering with Darwin based Companies to provide first line screening & housing of rotables support from the south. Possible support models – Darwin – first line screening. Depot’s in Darwin to hold serviceable LRU’s. Deeper maintenance in the south LRU repair to be performed in Australia or OEM Country. Model 1 “Southern” In-Country Support Facility “Top End” Support Depot ADF Model 2 OEM Spare Parts, Test Equipment, Data & Support OEM International Support Facility Support of ADF Avionics & Armoured Vehicle Electronics in the “Top End” 13 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 14. Thomas Electronics Defence Platforms Supported Aerospace Land & Integrated Systems  F/A-18 Fighter  Australian Light Armoured Vehicle (ASLAV)  F-111 Fighter  Hawkei – Thales Protected Mobility Vehicle  PC-9 Trainer  Vigilaire  AP-3C Orion  Kalkara UAV Ground Station  Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk Helicopter  Chinook CH-47 Helicopter  Blackhawk  Collins Submarine  ARH Tiger  Anzac Frigate  Wedgetail  Guided Missile Frigate (FFG)  DHC-8  C130J Hercules Maritime 25+ year support of Royal Australian Air Force F/A-18’s 20+ year support of Royal Australian Navy S70B-2 Seahawk Helicopters 14 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 15. TE’s Experience with providing In-Country Support F-111, Legacy F/A-18 & Seahawk S-70B-2  TE has participated in the F-111 Avionics Upgrade, Legacy F/A-18 Program and S-70B-2 Seahawk Program since inception under the Australian Industry Involvement (AII) program.  Production of Avionic CRT assemblies for all of these Platforms.  Subsequent through life in-country support for all Platforms.  Continued support of S-70B-2 Seahawk until retirement. Support of ADF Avionics & Armoured Vehicle Electronics in the “Top End” 15 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 16. TE Experience with providing In-Country Support ASLAV Crew Procedural Trainer  TE has supported it’s manufactured components for the ASLAV CPT’s for over 10 years.  TE is currently working with Thales Australia to streamline the support model. Current Model Thales Australia Sydney Facility New Model Thales Australia Sydney Facility Final Testing Spare Parts, Test Equipment, Data & Support ADF TE ADF Repairs Support of ADF Avionics & Armoured Vehicle Electronics in the “Top End” 16 Confidential & Proprietary TE Repairs & Final Testing
  • 17. Thomas Electronics Well Developed Facilities and Infrastructure in Two Strategic Locations Sydney, Australia Irvine, CA (USA) Both Facilities have Engineering Development, Production & Support Capabilities. Irvine Facility is staffed by US Nationals to assist with work on ITAR Controlled Items. 17 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 18. Thomas Electronics Strategic Plans  Provide specialist deeper maintenance for the ADF going forward.  Further develop capabilities in armoured vehicle sights & electro optical assemblies.  Provide FMS support to OEM Global Supply Chain through US Based facility.  Continue to foster relationships with Defence Primes. 18 Confidential & Proprietary
  • 19. QUESTIONS & ANSWERS Support of ADF Avionics & Armoured Vehicle Electronics in the “Top End” 19 Confidential & Proprietary