February 28, 2023 (Canberra, ACT, AUS; Huntsville, AL, USA) – Criterion Solutions and Cummings Aerospace announce the intent to partner on development of defense technology solutions that would be produced and distributed in Australia.
Criterion Solutions, based in Canberra, is an Australian firm offering intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and systems integration expertise for the national security industry. Cummings Aerospace, a Native American Woman-Owned Small Business headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, is an aerospace engineering firm specializing in defense system design & analysis that uses model-based systems engineering. “My company’s intimate knowledge of the Australian defence technology industry and some of Cummings Aerospace’s system design capabilities are a perfect match for meeting needs in the Australian market,” said Criterion Solutions director Michael Sinkowitsch. The two companies have initiated a trade agreement to enable cooperative planning for maturation of technology that could be produced in Australia and marketed there.
Executives from both companies will meet in person at the AVALON 2023 AUSTRALIAN INTERNATIONAL AIRSHOW in March. Cummings Aerospace is attending the exposition as a member of the Alabama Department of Commerce delegation. “The opportunity to visit face-to-face in Melbourne is a critical step in developing our partnership,” said Sheila Cummings, President and CEO of Cummings Aerospace. “We’re really looking forward to a productive partnership with Criterion,” she continued. “This is a win-win for both companies, and for Australia’s national security.”
“Australia offers great opportunities for partnerships with Huntsville’s aerospace and defense companies, and Huntsville is a great choice for those Australian companies that want a U.S. location,” said Lucia Cape, Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber. “In the past five years we have had two Australian companies open high-tech facilities in Huntsville, and we have several more projects in the works. The partnership between Cummings Aerospace and Criterion Solutions is an example of successful international collaboration for our countries.”