More Australian companies to join rapid response program

Min­is­ter for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today announced 12 new Aus­tralian organ­i­sa­tions had joined the Rapid Pro­to­typ­ing, Devel­op­ment and Eval­u­a­tion Pro­gram (RPDE).

The Rapid Pro­to­typ­ing, Devel­op­ment and Eval­u­a­tion Pro­gram (RPDE) is a part­ner­ship between Defence, indus­try and aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions across Australia. 

It brings Defence, indus­try and aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions togeth­er to fix high risk and com­plex Defence capa­bil­i­ty problems. 

The new organ­i­sa­tions to join the pro­gram are: 

  • Elbit Sys­tems of Aus­tralia Pty Ltd; 
  • Pila­tus Aus­tralia Pty Ltd;
  • Artis Group Pty Ltd; 
  • Cocoon Data Hold­ings Limited; 
  • Edith Cow­an University; 
  • Eggler Con­sult­ing Engineers; 
  • Ether­stack Pty Ltd; 
  • Fraz­er-Nash Con­sul­tan­cy Ltd; 
  • Orbital8 Pty Ltd; 
  • RPC Tech­nolo­gies Pty Ltd; 
  • Uni­ver­si­ty of West­ern Aus­tralia; and 
  • ZBOB Engi­neer­ing Pty Ltd. 
  • 220 com­pa­nies and aca­d­e­m­ic insti­tu­tions are now part of this pro­gram,” Mr Clare said.

“The work they’re doing is sav­ing tax­pay­ers’ mon­ey and mak­ing sure our sol­diers, sailors and air­crew have got the capa­bil­i­ty they need to do their job.” 

The RPDE pro­gram has now com­menced its 100th activ­i­ty for Defence. 

The pro­gram has con­tributed to more than a third of the projects in the Defence Capa­bil­i­ty Plan and the out­comes are exceptional. 

Exam­ples of this include: 

  • The Anzac Class Frigates Elec­tron­ic Inter­fer­ence Reme­di­a­tion project which has improved com­mu­ni­ca­tions and the safe­ty of Naval personnel; 
  • Iden­ti­fy­ing sav­ings to tax­pay­ers of $50,000 a day in fuel costs through bet­ter ener­gy man­age­ment at For­ward Oper­at­ing Bases; and 
  • Fast-track­ing sen­sor train­ing for Air Com­bat Offi­cers so they are ready for the arrival of the new F/A‑18E/F Super Hornet. 

“These are ter­rif­ic exam­ples of what can be done when Defence draws on the exper­tise in Aus­tralian indus­try and aca­d­e­m­ic institutions.” 

A full list of RPDE Par­tic­i­pants can be found on the RPDE web­site at

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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