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This year's winners of the ADM Essington Lewis Awards have been announced at a gala dinner in Canberra.
The event brought together hundreds of leading figures from Defence and industry to recognise programs that have gone above and beyond the call of duty.
This year's winners are:
Working with an international OEM team under a new safety framework, personnel from Defence and BAE Systems Australia worked tirelessly to update numerous systems, introduce simulators and upgrade the Hawk Lead In Fighter to a standard worthy of a fifth generation Air Force under strained budget circumstances. An excellent demonstration of true collaboration under pressure.
Working with literal rocket science, the CIOG-led integrated project team was able to work with Optus to reposition the Optus C1 satellite to extend its life and capability to the ADF. With numerous space and ground elements to address, the team was able to save the Commonwealth a significant number of dollars while providing constant satcom service to a bandwidth hungry organisation well beyond the initial contract timeframe.
Sustainment of the Armidale fleet required a complete reset of both people and contracting given its troubled past. With new industry partners, the SPO and refreshed industry team led by Thales have been able to deliver increased readiness, reliability and performance. The numbers behind the performance improvements on all fronts are spectacular and testament to what Defence and Industry can do when working together to achieve a common goal.
Building on the strong foundation of the ASMD program, Anzac SPO and CEA Technologies have been able to introduce a comprehensive sustainment program for a world leading technology well below the expected budget in a timeframe that allows more time at sea for a heavily tasked asset. With a focus on constant communication and risk sharing, the SPO and CEA have been able to work with the wider Anzac support team to maintain the fleet.
The work done by the Amphibious Combat and Sealift SPO and SME Brooke Global saw the team develop an integrated supplier engagement model to look after every aspect of the Canberra class LHDs. The former support arrangements were highly transactional in nature with the new model aiming for true partnership between Defence and Industry. ACSPO worked hand in hand with Brooke Global to deliver a reformed framework that delivered significant savings to the Commonwealth.
The 2019 Essington Lewis Trophy winners are SME Craig International Ballistics for soldier body armour and prime BAE Systems Australia for the Hawk LIFCAP upgrade.
Special commendations went to J3Seven for Minor Acquisition: Provision of CBRNE Products and Support Services, and to Saab Australia and Ground Based Air Defence & Radar offices for Giraffe Agile Multi Beam Radar Mode 5 IFF Upgrade and Integration into the RBS70 Air Defence System.
Full details for the finalists in each category can be found by clicking the links above or on the side of the page.
The ADM team extends our congratulations to this year's winners and all the finalists for their stellar performances.