Regional MRO Responsibility Commences in 2025
On 14 November, RUAG Australia announced it has won a leading role in maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet in the Pacific Region with effect from 2025.
The contract will cover four Repair Technology Groups (RTG): Valves (RTG F), Auxiliary Power Systems (RTG G), Landing Gear Components (RTG L) and Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Pneudraulics & Hydro-Mechanical (RTG H). RUAG is a long-standing provider of manufactured components and services to the Australian Defence Force and has been intimately involved in the F-35 programme since 2003, manufacturing major hydraulic components. The awards come after three years of discussion and close collaboration with Joint Strike Fighter component Original Equipment Manufacturers, including Honeywell, UTC Aerospace Systems, Eaton, Moog and Parker, and with its industry partners and suppliers in Australia, including TAE and H.I. Fraser.
“The Joint Strike Fighter will be the cornerstone of the Royal Australian Air Force, and a number of other air forces, for many years to come. RUAG Australia is committed to being a successful and valued member of the global team supporting the platform, [….] we look forward to collaborating with our chosen partners in delivering the best possible Australian contribution to the Joint Strike Fighter program, both in terms of manufacturing and deeper level repair. There is still much work to be done before component repair assignment becomes actual work, but the laying of the foundation can never start too early,” said John Teager, Managing Director of RUAG Australia.