• A variant of Boomeranger's Special Operations Boats. (C: Boomeranger)
    A variant of Boomeranger's Special Operations Boats. (C: Boomeranger)

Boomeranger Boats of Finland has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Birdon to collaborate on Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) capabilities in Australia.

Boomeranger and Birdon have agreed to collaborate on the assembly, RHIB fitout as well as trials and acceptance for the OPV RHIBs in Australia. The companies are exploring the transfer of more work to Birdon for the OPV RHIBs in the future.

The MoU further specifies that Boomeranger and Birdon will work together on other RHIB and Sea Boat opportunities in the Australian region. This agreement concludes almost a year of discussions between Boomeranger and Birdon.

“One of the key benefits of the arrangement,” Miika Tammi, CEO of Boomeranger Boats said, “is the ability of Boomeranger to leverage Birdon’s Australia-wide capability to deliver and support the RHIBs according to the RAN’s specifications and requirements.

"We are looking to establish a RHIB Centre of Excellence (RCOE) which will provide support for the supply-chain management, assembly, testing, commissioning, and ongoing sustainment and maintenance of RHIBs."

“Birdon is keen to support Boomeranger in this key program and bring Birdon’s expertise developed through our current work with the ADF, the US Army, US Navy and US Coast Guard," Jamie Bruce, CEO of Birdon, said. "We look forward to building and delivering real capability in the RCOE to provide and support RHIBs in the Australasian region."

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