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Martin-Baker Australia to commence Pilatus PC-21 MRO in 2018

It represents the same partnership with Pilatus for through-life support and sustainment that we have during design, development and production.

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An announcement appearing on Martin-Baker’s official Australian Facebook page this afternoon, announced that they had signed a Letter of Intent with Pilatus Aircraft to provide Ejection Seat Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul for the Royal Australian Air Force PC-21 aircraft.

The agreement proposes a seven year firm fixed price solution with rolling Contract Change Proposals out to twenty years.

Andrew Eden, Martin-Baker Australia Managing Director said “This arrangement makes sense under a performance based contract, we are best able to provide this service efficiently and manage and control the risk and liability associated with our product and this proposal flows that down to us. It represents the same partnership with Pilatus for through-life support and sustainment that we have during design, development and production.”

ISO9001:2015 certification of the Martin-Baker Integrated Management System (IMS) was granted last week by Southpac Aerospace. This IMS covers both Quality and Safety Management within the company and provides the foundation for the future DASA Part 145 Maintenance Organisation Exposition.

Andrew Martin, Martin-Baker Aircraft Company’s Director of Business Development said, “The services covered by this agreement are the reason we formed Martin-Baker Australia. To provide the best possible sustainment solutions to our end users at the best possible price. To take this from the idea in our board room to potentially a Life of Type agreement on a large fleet of aircraft like the RAAF PC-21 is a great achievement.”

Rob Oliver, Pilatus’ Director Defence Australia , said, “We’re looking forward to this partnership and are pleased to continue our long relationship with Martin Baker; a comprehensive service arrangement for the Egress Systems with the OEM of the ejection seats is a robust and elegant solution. This also increases our commitment to a new in-country Australian industry capability supporting the PC-21.”

The first maintenance under the agreement will be due in mid-2018, ramping up to full capacity within 2 years.

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Damen SEA 1180 OPV delegation aims to boost Australian defence industry involvement

Damen SEA 1180 OPV delegation aims to boost Australian defence industry involvement in Offshore Patrol Vessel

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Damen delegation continues to forge Australian connections for SEA 1180 OPV Programme

Signifying its commitment to the SEA 1180 Programme, Damen Shipyard Group has sent a high-level delegation to meet with key members of the Australian shipbuilding industry. With an eye on maximising local industry content and ensuring long-term Australian jobs, the aim of the visit was to strengthen business relationships borne out of the Damen Industry Briefings held earlier this year. The delegation forms an integral part of Damen’s tender for the design and construction of 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels for the Royal Australian Navy.

The Damen team comprises Damen CEO René Berkvens, Area Director Asia Pacific Roland Briene as well as Director Procurement Jacob Biemond. They have been joined by a number of Dutch companies and their Australian partners as they continue to build their relationships and seek to build the highest levels of Australian content for the new OPVs. Reflecting the geographical scope of the Australian government’s SEA 1180 Programme – and the goal of maximising Australian Industry participation – the Damen team is meeting with business representatives from all around the country this week.

Tomorrow Damen is hosting a ‘Welcome Function’ onboard the MV Sycamore MATV – essentially Australia’s first Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) which arrived in Sydney a couple of weeks ago.

Among the companies and organisations with which Damen and ASD Forgacs Shipbuilding joint venture have laid the groundwork for collaborative partnerships with are companies from the Henderson Alliance, members of the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Australian Industry & Defence Network (AIDN), Defence Teaming Cooperation and many other small and medium-sized enterprises.

Risk reduction

The delegation is joined by some of Damen’s major suppliers who are establishing partnerships with Australian companies for the SEA 1180 Programme. “These suppliers are part of Damen’s global supply chain. The opportunity for Australian companies to join this network is a very promising and realistic one,” comments Mr Biemond.

“The SEA 1180 Program has the potential to establish the framework for long-term naval and commercial shipbuilding capacity in Australia. An enthusiastic and effective supply chain is the best way ahead to reduce the risks involved – in terms of both construction schedule and technical coverage.“

“In total we met with about 50 companies. All companies that we have been in contact with since the Industry briefings we did in February. During these meetings we further established the relationships and agreements are now in place. A prime example of this is the forming of a joint venture between our electrical contractor Alewijnse and their Australian partner AMS. AMS is already lined up to work on the sustainment of the Damen fleet in Australia.”

Building professional relationships

This Damen delegation follows the Industry Briefings that the company conducted in February and March in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Aimed at making contact with local suppliers to develop a sustainable Australian supply chain, the Briefings were attended by approximately 800 people.

“We have received so much positive feedback about the Industry Briefings that we held earlier this year,” states Mr Berkvens. “We wanted this delegation to pick up where the Briefings left off – turning the business connections that we made back in the Australian summer into fully fledged professional relationships. To this end, nothing substitutes meeting people face-to-face.”

“The SEA 1180 Program will require strong partnerships – and this is what Damen offers. For us, this delegation has been the next logical step in the process of ensuring that we cut the first steel and commence construction with the maximum possible Australian content.”

About the Damen Shipyards Group

Damen Shipyards Group operates 33 shipbuilding and repair yards, employing 9,000 people worldwide. Damen has delivered more than 6,000 vessels in more than 100 countries and delivers some 180 vessels annually to customers worldwide. Based on its unique, standardised ship-design concept Damen is able to guarantee consistent quality.

Damen’s focus on standardisation, modular construction and keeping vessels in stock leads to short delivery times, low ‘total cost of ownership’, high resale values and reliable performance. Furthermore, Damen vessels are based on thorough R&D and proven technology.

Damen offers a wide range of products, including tugs, workboats, naval and patrol vessels, high-speed craft, cargo vessels, dredgers, vessels for the offshore industry, ferries, pontoons and superyachts.

For nearly all vessel types Damen offers a broad range of services, including maintenance, spare parts delivery, training and the transfer of (shipbuilding) know-how. Damen also offers a variety of marine components, such as nozzles, rudders, anchors, anchor chains and steel works.

In addition to ship design and shipbuilding, Damen Shiprepair & Conversion has a worldwide network of 17 repair and conversion yards with dry docks ranging up to 420 x 80 metres. Conversion projects range from adapting vessels to today’s requirements and regulations to the complete conversion of large offshore structures. DSC completes around 1,350 repair and maintenance jobs annually.

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Full Fleet of Growler Electronic Attack Aircraft arrive in Australia

Full fleet of EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft now at RAAF Base Amberley

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Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, together with Air Vice Marshal Steven Roberton, Air Commander Australia; today welcomed the full fleet of EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft to RAAF Base Amberley.

Since the first two Growler Electronic Attack Aircraft arrived in Australia in February 2017, the fleet has grown to the full twelve aircraft.

Minister Payne said the arrival of the Growler provides a potent and technologically advanced new capability for the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

“We are the only country outside the United States operating the EA-18G Growler and the full fleet arrival represents a significant leap forward in joint electronic warfare capability,” Minister Payne said.

“This is an amazing achievement for the ADF. These aircraft are able to support the full spectrum of Defence missions, including operations with coalition partners.

“The EA-18G Growlers will work with Army and Navy to deliver a networked joint force able to manoeuvre and fight in the electromagnetic spectrum.

“The arrival affirms the Government’s commitment to maintain our capability edge and prepare for the more complex and high-tech conflicts of the future.”

Chief of Air Force, Air Marshal Leo Davies said he was extremely proud of all the personnel who have worked on this project both in Australia and overseas.

“The delivery of this capability shows what our Defence Force members are capable of alongside our US counterparts,” Air Marshal Davies said.

“The US Navy has been very generous in their training of our aircrew and maintenance teams, and we have cemented our reputation as credible coalition partners.

“Australian Growlers have already conducted successful weapon firings and integration flights with RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets and US Navy EA-18G Growlers as part of Operational Test and Evaluation. We have also had the graduation of the first Operational Transition course.

“Through our partnership with the US Navy we are already planning to keep Growler at the forefront of electronic attack capability throughout the life of the aircraft.

“I wish to acknowledge the commitment of RAAF Base Amberley, the Estate & Industry Group and the 6 Squadron families who have generated the home of this exciting new aircraft.”

The Growler Electronic Attack Aircraft is based on the F/A-18F Super Hornet airframe and fitted with additional avionics, enhanced radio frequency receivers, an improved communications suite and radio-frequency jamming pods that enable it to jam enemy systems. It will provide a complementary capability to the F/A-18F Super Hornet and the F-35A Lightning II aircraft.

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HMAS Adelaide Departs

HMAS Adelaide departs drydock and is returned to her regular berth after a period of maintenance within Captain Cook Graving Dock, Fleet Base East, Sydney

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Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Adelaide moved into the dry dock at Navy’s Fleet Base East in May 2017. Following the docking, Defence undertook a range of activities including access to, and a detailed inspection of the propulsion pods, defect rectification and maintenance.

HMAS Adelaide was undocked in late June 2017 and is set to undergo sea trials, it is expected she will return to her operational capability program over the months to follow.

Defence has worked closely with the original equipment manufacturers – BAE, Navantia and Siemens – to identify the causes of the issues.

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