Defence yesterday signed a contract with Penske Australia to provide local-industry support for diesel-engine sustainment activities for the Royal Australian Navy.
FILE PHOTO (April 2023): HMAS Anzac conducts officer of the watch manoeuvres with HMAS Perth as they transit north for a regional presence deployment throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Photo by Leading Seaman Jarryd Capper.
Acting Deputy Secretary Naval Shipbuilding and Sustainment Rear Admiral Wendy Malcolm said the $190 million, five-year contract would build on the previous contract’s benefits but include greater cost transparency, more effective risk management, and the opportunity to increase sovereign capability.
“This is a great example of Defence’s commitment to achieving improved value for money, in conjunction with a robust performance-management framework that continues to support the deployment of the ADF, ” Rear Admiral Malcolm said.
“Penske Australia supports MTU-Friedrichshafen branded diesel engines on Navy’s Anzac-, Hobart- and Armidale-class vessels, as well as other crucial systems on Navy and Army platforms.”
The new contract moves Penske Australia from a fixed price arrangement to a target cost incentive model, allowing Defence to monitor actual costs and verify value, while improving efficiencies across different platforms.
“The contract will support more than 90 jobs across seven Australian sites, further improving training and skills in the sustainment industry that are essential to providing the ADF with the equipment they need to complete their mission and return home safe,” Rear Admiral Malcolm said.
“Support for new platforms, such as the Arafura-class offshore patrol vessels, can be included in the future, providing incentives for industry partners to invest in the critical area of sustainment.
“This contract showcases the benefits of a collaborative partnership between Defence and its long-term Australian industry partner, Penske, who are both committed to creating value-driven solutions for materiel sustainment.”