• F-35A Joint Strike Fighters fly in formation with an F/A18 Hornets.
    F-35A Joint Strike Fighters fly in formation with an F/A18 Hornets. Defence

RUAG Australia and Honeywell have confirmed and strengthened their existing cooperation. The extended collaborative relationship sees RUAG Australia continuing as a Honeywell Authorized Service Centre (ASC) and expanding its reach to include additional aircraft variants and component volumes from across the region.

The enhanced licensing agreement came into effect on 12 March and has already shaped new business for the component maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) specialist.

The agreement allows RUAG Australia access to an extensive list of additional platforms and components on aircraft belonging to the ADF. Accordingly, the company is set to provide component level maintenance and repair services for Honeywell aeronautical, mechanical, engine accessories and environmental control system (ECS) equipment on Boeing platforms, the 737 Wedgetails and the F/A-18F Super Hornets, and the C-27Js.

RUAG Australia is already an in-country component MRO partner to the RAAF for military platforms including the F/A-18, and is also now assigned as a MRO competence center for a number of F-35 components for Australia as well as the Asia region. This latest assignment includes key systems from Honeywell.

RUAG Australia facilities at Airport West and Amberley have already ramped-up processes to accommodate these additional support services and lines.

"Ensuring maximum support for the sustainment and availability of the Australian Defence Force fleet is our priority,” Terry Miles, General Manager RUAG Australia, said. “At the same time, we are committed to developing deeper relationships with Honeywell, platform stewards and other significant OEMs to ensure maximum Australian content in support of the ADF."

“Growing our business on the basis of multi-year OEM contracts clearly emphasizes successes we continue to achieve. This proves our competencies in current technologies and platforms, as well as for development-phase technologies and their subsequent aircraft platforms," Stephan Jezler, Senior Vice President Aviation International for RUAG MRO International, said.

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