In a move designed to optimise capability support for the Australian Defence Force fleets of Tiger armed reconnaissance and Taipan multi role helicopters, Airbus Group Australia Pacific and the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) have commissioned a joint support centre on Brisbane Airport to be staffed by civilian and Defence personnel.
The DMO’s Reconnaissance and Air Mobility Systems Program Office has integrated with Airbus Group Australia Pacific at the aerospace company’s Brisbane Airport facility.
The new RAMSPO Plateau is tasked with providing Navy and Army with the engineering, supply support and technical services required to enable the Tiger and Taipan helicopters to fly their missions and meet and maintain the required operational tempo.
The RAMSPO Plateau was formally commissioned on Thursday 16 April at Airbus Group Australia Pacific’s manufacturing complex on Pandanus Avenue, Brisbane Airport.
When operating at full strength the RAMSPO Plateau will be staffed by some 250 civilian and Defence personnel.
The commissioning was attended by the DMO’s Rear Admiral Tony Dalton, Head Helicopters, Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems and Guided Weapons Division and supported by Airbus Group Australia Pacific’s Managing Director, Dr. Jens Goennemann.
Commenting during the commissioning, Dr. Goennemann said the new RAMSPO Brisbane centre would become the foundation support organisation of the Tigers and Taipan helicopters for the Army and Navy. “It will be a truly integrated Defence/industry support environment in which we will all share the common goal of striving to provide outstanding service levels for these helicopters,” he said. “We are all in this together to ensure our servicemen and women have the most reliable and safest helicopters available to them”.