Delivering a sovereign defence capability

Raytheon Australia committed to enhancing SME capabilities

Capability Plus SMEs meet with Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Centre for Joint Integration opening, in Adelaide on March 31.

For more than two decades, Raytheon Australia has been driving towards creating a sovereign defence industry capability for Australia. More than three months on from the launch of Capability Plus the company is continuing its commitment to developing Australian Industry Capability, or AIC. 

In April 2021, Raytheon Australia launched Capability Plus, the company’s small and medium enterprise engagement program designed to be tailored to SMEs needs. Capability Plus will bolster local industry to deliver on the Australian Government’s objectives to establish an enduring, sovereign defence capability.  

Raytheon Australia is showing its commitment to supporting and enhancing the capabilities of SMEs to deliver AIC Ensuring the Capability Plus SMEs are well-positioned to grow their businesses and maximise their competitiveness in the defence industry. 

“The ultimate objective of Capability Plus is to ensure that the local defence industry stands ready to equip and sustain the Australian Defence Force,” said Ohad Katz, Raytheon Australia’s head of Contracts and Supply Chain.

“Capability Plus is fundamentally different to other SME programs. We are providing a hand-up not hand out to our partners, providing the opportunities they actually want.” 

Capability Plus initially started with 10 SMEs from around the country, and recently another company was added to the mix, Queensland-based Frontline Manufacturing. 

These companies will work with experts from across Raytheon Australia’s business – from engineering to program management – providing mentoring, training, skills transfer and other forms of support. 

“We will assist and support both and our current and future Capability Plus cohorts, offering them opportunities to collaborate and participate in our current and future programs,” said Katz. 

“Raytheon Australia has delivered more than 50 programs for ADF, we want to share our knowledge and expertise with others who are also focused on supporting the women and men of the Australian Defence Force. In a practical sense, it is all about creating new and easier pathways for SMEs to do even more work with Defence” he said.

Since the Capability Plus program launch, a tailored approach has been created for each SME. 

Adelaide-based Coherics, a veteran owned training systems and solutions company, has been working with Raytheon Australia in quality management as they undertake ISO 9001 accreditation. 

A Raytheon Australia senior quality manager has been visiting the company in Adelaide to provide mentoring, and the company is providing business management guidance with SharePoint mentoring.  

"As a small veteran-owned business, the opportunity to grow a long-term relationship with a company the size of Raytheon Australia, who can provide guidance in multiple areas - It’s such an exciting opportunity for us,” said Stephen Baker, Coherics executive director and founder.

Raytheon Australia will continue to support the current cohort of Capability Plus and will be implementing workshops for the SMEs that are both educational and beneficial for the SMEs over the next few months.

The company will look to expand the program in 2022 to even more participants. 

Published On: 07/25/2021
Last Updated: 08/10/2021