Aussies about to Award $6 Billion Destroyer Contract

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Handicappers are pegging Adelaide and the government-owned ACS outfit as the probable winners of the upcoming bid - due just prior to Christmas - for Australia's largest and most complicated engineering and manufacturing assignment in decades. The $6 billion dollar ten-year contract will determine what region of the country inherits the ship building trade expertise and the new infrastructure it will require. The decision will likely shift that center west from Melbourne. The Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) contract will be conducted in a novel way for Australia, combining the forces of competing companies into an alliance contract, replacing the fixed price arrangements that seemed to go sour on previous Australian projects, including the most recent submarine and frigate projects. A division of French defense giant Thales has reportedly been boxed out of bid consideration due to Australian government annoyance with France's foreign policy. More...

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