Raytheon enters AMC Cockburn

DEFENCE contractor Raytheon Australia will open a facility in the technology precinct of the Australian Marine Complex at Cockburn Sound.

Naval Systems Division general manager Mike Gallagher remained tight-lipped about the development but said the facility would be unveiled by the premier at Monday’s ceremony to be held at the AMC.

Mr Gallagher said Raytheon Australia’s Naval System Division, which already has facilities in Rockingham, will use the AMC for technology projects including the development of software systems and hardware.

Locating a facility in the technology precinct of the AMC would position Raytheon Australia close to potential clients such as Austal Ships and Tenix Defence Marine Division.

Austal has recently been awarded a $90 million Naval Patrol Boat Contract for the Republic of Yemen and, along with Tenix Defence Marine Division, has been short-listed to build 15 new patrol boats for the Australian Navy, estimated to be worth $375 million.

The AMC is designed to help WA companies get more of the work flowing from big mining, industrial and defence projects.

Raytheon is the first major company to locate in the AMC’s technology precinct which is located alongside the ship building precinct, a support industry precinct, and a $200 million fabrication precinct, comprising a common user facility and fabricators’ area.

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