A Victorian small business will build the aircraft safety stands used in the maintenance of [Royal Australian*] Air Force’s F/A-18F Super Hornets and EA-18G Growler aircraft.
FILE PHOTO (May 2019): RAAF F/A-18F Super Hornets, from No. 1 Squadron, line up for a sortie out of RAAF Base Darwin during Exercise Diamond Storm. Photo by Corporal Craig Barrett.
Air Fab Ltd Pty has been awarded a $1.3 million contract with Boeing Defence Australia for the design, fabrication and supply of the safety stands.
The 100 per cent Australian-owned business specialises in engineering and fabrication of aluminium access platforms for the aircraft and transport industries.
Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds said the safety stands would provide enhanced fall protection for [the Royal Australian*] Air Force and Boeing personnel when conducting maintenance on top of and around the aircraft.
“Using their unique manufacturing capability, Air Fab will build five sets of aircraft equipment at its facility in Ferntree Gully,” Minister Reynolds said.
“With eight employees, Air Fab is an excellent example of the ingenuity of Australian small business in helping not only keep our personnel safe, but in helping to get Australia’s frontline fighter aircraft back into the air quicker.”
Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price said Defence had a strong relationship with Boeing, having partnered with the company since 2016 for the sustainment of [Royal Australian*] Air Force’s 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets and 11 EA-18G Growlers.
“Boeing must be congratulated for its commitment to identifying opportunities to improve our sovereign capabilities and expand the use of Australian industry in supporting our aircraft,” Minister Price said.
“They continue to grow the number of local SMEs in their supply chain and identify new opportunities for them to contribute to the strength and success of our defence industry.”
Federal Member for Aston Alan Tudge said the contract awarded to Air Fab Ltd Pty was great news for the business, the community and the manufacturing industry in Knox.
“Air Fab is just another example of the amazing manufacturers that we have here in Knox,” Mr Tudge said.
“Air Fab is a local success story, delivering local jobs while exporting advanced manufacturing to service a global market.
“More investment in Knox businesses is always good news for our community.”
The purpose-built equipment will be manufactured in accordance with Australia’s Workplace Health & Safety standards.
*EDITOR’S NOTE: It seems our accusation that RAAF is deliberately trying to drop Royal Australian from its name may not be false after all.