Aussie expertise a boost for aircraft engine fleet

An Australian-owned company will be working with the ADF to provide expert advice on effectively and efficiently managing military aircraft engines.

CAPTIONAir Commodore Steve Pesce and Matt Hansell sign a three-year contract to provide services as Air Domain’s Aerospace Propulsion Centre of Expertise. Story by Group Captain David Mahoney. Photo by Private Nicholas Marquis.

Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) has signed a contract with Capagility Pty Ltd to establish an Aerospace Propulsions Centre of Expertise (APCoE) to manage the fleet.

Capagility is an Australian-owned and operated aeronautical engineering consultancy, founded by RAAF veterans, that provides specialist advice to optimise the safety, reliability and cost effectiveness of aircraft engine fleets.

Director-General Airlift and Tanker Systems Air Commodore Steve Pesce said the centre would benefit from the advice of Capagility’s four experts on managing and sustaining engines fitted to ADF aircraft.

“This new contract streamlines advice and services to be continually provided to Defence, ensuring that we can respond effectively to the needs of the Australian Government, and that best value for money is achieved,” Air Commodore Pesce said.

“Advice from Capagility prior to the APCoE being established has already saved the Commonwealth significant expenditure, and we expect this trend to continue once the APCoE is up and running.

“Additionally, directly aligning with recommendations in the Defence Strategic Review, Capagility will be providing capacity-building services to strengthen knowledge, skills and expertise within the CASG’s Air Domain.”

Head of the APCoE Matt Hansell said his team is passionate about aircraft propulsion systems.

“We’re really looking forward to applying our technical and commercial expertise to help the CASG Air Domain deliver improved capability and cost of ownership outcomes for the ADF’s aviation platforms,” Mr Hansell said.

The initial APCoE contract is for three years and includes options to extend into the future.


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