A Townsville-based company whose workforce is primarily composed of veterans has secured a $5 million contract to deliver training services for the Australian Defence Force.
FILE PHOTO (June 2017): Soldier from 1RAR set up comms at High Range Training Area. Photo by Brian Hartigan.
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said the contract with Cubic Defence Australia was for the first stage of the Integrated Training Environment for Combat Training Centre 2025.
“Cubic Defence Australia will deliver a communications capability to support a blended live and virtual training environment for the ADF,” Minister Price said.
“Having visited Cubic Defence Australia with local MP Phil Thompson last year, I know they’re a very capable local company, employing Australians and strengthening our defence industry.
“This is another demonstration of how the government is supporting local businesses to keep the wheels turning during and beyond the critical COVID-19 period.”
The first stage of works will include new communications towers and the upgrade of existing equipment.
Mr Thompson said he was proud to see another Townsville company benefiting from the record investment in Australia’s defence industry.
“I congratulate Cubic Defence Australia on ensuring our ADF has the modern operational training they need to defend Australia’s national interests,” Mr Thompson said.
“This advanced training environment replicates the complex and challenging environments of current and potential conflict zones.
“I know from experience that having the opportunity for realistic training simulations can make a real difference for Defence members when faced with real-life situations.
“This is another example of how our investment in local defence industry is creating new opportunities and more jobs for small businesses here in Townsville.”
Cubic Defence Australia is part of the US-based Cubic Corporation, with more than 6000 employees globally.