“We are very proud to have achieved this success in delivering the landing gear systems,” said Terry Miles, General Manager RUAG Australia’s. “RUAG Australia’s unique Hydraulic Center of Excellence and ultra-precision manufacturing capabilities prove a significant contribution in serving the interests of Defence as well as Australian industry reliably and well into the future.”
RUAG Australia joins over 35 Australian companies in manufacturing the first military aircraft in Australia in more than 50 years. The aircraft rolled out today is the first of three prototypes for Australia’s Loyal Wingman program and serves as the foundation for the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) product being developed for the global defence market.
RUAG Australia has been a supplier to Boeing since 2001.This latest contract will help create additional jobs for RUAG Australia, as well as for the wider supply chain in Australia. RUAG Australia is a supplier to a range of Boeing programs, including F/A-18F Super Hornet, E-7A Wedgetail, CH-47 Chinook and others.
“The Loyal Wingman is a historic development program for the Australian aerospace industry, Boeing and our entire industry team, and we’ve worked together with speed and agility to deliver this smart unmanned aircraft,” said Shane Arnott, Boeing Airpower Teaming System program director. “We’ve leveraged the skills of the local supply chain to build a Loyal Wingman that will work together with other airpower teaming assets to provide an unmatched capability for Australia and for our global customers.”
RUAG Australia is an independent supplier and life-cycle support provider of systems and components on behalf of the RAAF and other international air forces, as well as civil aviation, worldwide. The company combines engineering expertise with landing gear hydraulic actuator manufacture, maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO), and metal treatment and finishing in their role as a DASR Part 145, DASR Part 21J, EASA Part 145, CASA Part 145, NADCAP, and AS9100D approved organization. A major industry research center for the development and application of Additive Metal Technologies (AMT), RUAG Australia focuses on both Supersonic Particle Deposition (SPD), sometimes referred to as Cold Spray, and Laser Additive Deposition (LAD) for defence applications to enable the cost-effective restoration of corroded / damaged metallic components / structures to an acceptable level of structural integrity and functionality. RUAG Australia maintains and operates a fixed and mobile SPD capability as well as a fixed LAD capability. RUAG Australia ranks as Top SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprise) on behalf of the Australian Defence Force, features as a supplier in the Australian Defence Export Office’s Australian Military Sales Catalogue and has been inducted into the Victorian Manufacturing Hall-of-Fame.
RUAG MRO International is an independent supplier, support provider and integrator of systems and components for civil and military aviation worldwide. It also develops and supports simulation and training systems and solutions for international trained security forces.
Highly specialized in the support of aircraft and helicopters throughout their entire life cycle, the company includes maintenance, repair and overhaul services, upgrades, and the development, manufacture and integration of subsystems and components in their service portfolio.
In addition, as the manufacturer (OEM) of the Dornier 228, a versatile aircraft for special missions as well as passenger and cargo operations, RUAG focuses on customer support solutions, including OEM services.
Moreover, RUAG MRO International is a developer, OEM and system support provider for simulation and training systems technology for live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training. Complex and flexible functions, and a holistic approach, support realistic training scenarios, adapted to mission goals, at individual, team and unit instruction levels.
RUAG Australia has been selected to supply the landing gear systems for the Loyal Wingman - Advanced Development Program led by Boeing Australia for the Royal Australian Air Force.