Boeing and Ruag team up for maintenance, repair

Boeing Defense Australia and Ruag Australia have signed a Component Repair Master Agreement to bolster their aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities.

Under the contract, locally owned Ruag will perform enhanced mid-level repairs on three initial components for the RAAF’s F/A-18F and EA-18G Growler aircraft, with the option to support additional components in the future.

Components, including the main and nose wheel hubs and an environmental control system component, are currently being serviced in the United States under the United States Navy’s Foreign Military Sales program.

Chris Gray, BDA’s ACEAS Program Manager, said: “This contract is an important step in strengthening the resilience of the Australian Super Hornet and Growler supply chains and demonstrates the ability of Australian industry to develop innovative solutions. for our customers.

“Furthermore, it supports the efforts of the AUSMIN Defense Acquisition Committee MRO Logistics Task Force to secure more local and international MRO work for Australian industry.”

The signing of the contract follows RUAG’s recent success in becoming the first Australian company to be accredited to repair E-7A Wedgetail air cycle machines.

Ruag offers precision manufacturing, MRO, metal processing and finishing, and engineering activities, as well as R&D of advanced repair technologies.

RUAG Australia Managing Director Terry Miles said the contract was an important milestone in a 19-year industry partnership between the two companies.

Miles said: “This is a significant achievement in utilizing the nation’s sovereign capability to support Boeing and the F/A-18F and EA-18G platforms for the Royal Australian Air Force.”

Boeing Defense Australia supports a number of Australian defense aircraft types: the F/A-18F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler, C-17A Globemaster, P-8A Poseidon, E-7A Wedgetail, CH-47F Chinook, EC-135 training helicopter and the soon to be introduced AH-64E Apache.

Photo: Boeing Australia

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