Department of State Development

Securing international contracts is now a reality for the rapidly expanding Australian Aerospace Alliance.

Australian Aerospace Alliance

Through a collaboration which began in 2013 between the Defence Teaming Centre, South Australia’s defence industry and the Department of State Development (DSD) the Australian Aerospace Alliance  is now expanding nationally as a cluster that is able to compete and secure work on the global stage. 

The Alliance held two launches in early 2015 – a national launch took place in South Australia  and an international launch took place at the Avalon Air Show in Victoria. 

The launches showcased the Alliance’s five capability areas including avionics systems and electronic products, software solutions, autonomous systems, advanced manufacturing, and aircraft sustainment.

Drawing on best practice from similar international industrial cluster development activities, the Alliance is working with key stakeholders within Australia to foster high levels of commitment from its members and bring them together around a clear set of principles that are focused on delivering value to its customers.

“Through an integrated ‘one team, one system’ approach our customers can depend on us to deliver quality, innovative and value-adding solutions that are delivered on-time at a highly competitive price,” said Darryl Mincham, Managing Director of Mincham Aviation.

One of the Alliance members, Cobham, recently secured the $640 million contract to supply, integrate, maintain and operate search and rescue aircraft for the Australian Maritime Authority.

“Our bid was strengthened because of our membership with the Australian Aerospace Alliance and the resulting collaboration with other businesses.  Securing the contract was a win for Cobham, the Alliance and ultimately the State,” said Anthony Patterson, Business Development Director of Cobham.

The Alliance recently established a management and governance structure to facilitate further industry growth.  Its mission is to leverage superior collaborative working practices in the effective delivery of highly competitive, innovative and value-adding solutions that exceeds the expectation of commercial and defence customers globally.

The Alliance is currently identifying other national companies that can add to or enhance its offering to customers in each of its five capability areas. 


Les Shearn
Alliance Facilitator – Defence Teaming Centre
Phone +61 8 7320 1011
Mobile 0434 070 682