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The US Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Asia Pacific Aerospace (APA) a five-year extension to its contract for T700-GE-401C engine maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.

This contract is worth $5 million per year and supports Commonwealth maritime operations via the provision of through-life support for T700 engines fitted to the RAN's MH-60R (Romeo) Seahawk fleet. This offers a two-level maintenance solution for the fleet, as well as in-country T700 support.

APA’s MRO services for this contract will be conducted at its GE-approved maintenance centre in Brisbane. 

“The five-year extension to this contract will secure Queensland jobs and provide new employment opportunities for apprentices, ensuring APA continues training technicians for the future,” Tony Cotroneo, APA’s General Manager, said.

APA has a long association with the RAN, the US Navy and GE Aviation, and has provided engine MRO services to the RAN for the last 20 years. The signing of this contract will see this service continue to December 2025.

“It is crucial we continue to provide the RAN with the best support possible, so they can maintain flight safety whilst conducting operations defending Australia and protecting national interests,” Cotroneo said. “To achieve this, we are continually investing in new facilities and personnel to uphold our world-leading MRO capabilities.”

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