15 February 2013 - QinetiQ today celebrates five years in Australia, where employees play a vital role in providing independent value solutions to Australian defence and government organisations, civil aerospace manufacturers and the mining industry.
The celebrations across QinetiQ Australia’s Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Port and South Melbourne and Sydney offices involve all 250 employees participating in a cake-cutting ceremony.
“This is a proud day for the company and our employees in Australia,” said Alan Woolford, Chief Executive Officer of QinetiQ Australia.
“Our people’s know-how has been the key to the success of QinetiQ Australia.”
QinetiQ Australia officially began trading on 16 February 2008, following the strategic acquisition by the QinetiQ Group of three Australian defence consultancy, engineering services and aerospace businesses.
“The combination of QinetiQ’s world class capabilities with our people’s local expertise has delivered significant benefits and savings to our customers in Australia over the past five years,” added Mr Woolford.
QinetiQ Australia’s trusted partnerships with Australian defence and government organisations have contributed significantly to many strategically important national assets including the:
Royal Australian Air Force AP-3C Orion, C-17A Globemaster, C-130J Hercules, E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control, F/A-18F Super Hornet, F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet, Heron Remotely Piloted Aircraft, KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport and Woomera Test Range
Royal Australian Navy Adelaide Class Frigates, Armidale Class Patrol Boats and COLLINS Class Submarines
Australian Army Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter Tiger, Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle, CH-47D Chinook, MRH90 Troop Lift Helicopter and QinetiQ’s TALON and DragonRunner Unmanned Ground Vehicle robots
Australian Defence Force Mulwala Explosives Factory.
The ability to support these assets is underpinned by QinetiQ Australia’s unique accreditation as a commercial Authorised Engineering Organisation in the disciplines of aircraft structural integrity, explosive ordnance and range control systems.
QinetiQ Australia is also recognised for its expertise in performance based contracting. It was the runner-up for the ‘Outstanding Service Provider’ award at last year’s International Association for Contract & Commercial Management Innovation Awards.
Last year, it also delivered 360-degree 3D theatres for mine safety training to Coal Services Pty Ltd (CSPL) and Rio Tinto. Jointly developed with CSPL, the virtual reality trainers leverage off QinetiQ UK’s experience and expertise in training and simulation.
“This is a very exciting time for QinetiQ Australia,” said Mr Woolford. “We are further developing our existing capabilities and taking the credibility we have established with Australian defence and government organisations into new growth areas.”
Notes for Editors:
A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ uses its domain knowledge to provide technical support and know-how to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets. QinetiQ's unique position enables it to be a trusted partner to government organisations, predominantly in the UK and the US, including defence departments, intelligence services and security agencies.
As part of the QinetiQ company, QinetiQ Australia has 250 specialist staff located across Australia who use their know-how to deliver trusted and independent value solutions to Australian defence and government organisations across air, land, sea and information domains as well as the civil manufacturing and mining industries.
For further information, please contact
Jenny Waller, Marketing Manager, QinetiQ Australia on Tel: +61(7) 3031 204
Visit the website at www.QinetiQ.com.au
QinetiQ Press Office on Tel: +44 (0) 1252 39 3500