RUAG Australia, a supplier to Boeing, is progressing to be the first Australian business to qualify to repair the Wedgetail’s Air Cycle Machines.
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Boeing confirmed this week that supplier RUAG Australia is in the process of becoming the nation’s first business to receive the Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) qualification, which will certify the company to undertake repair work on the E-7A Wedgetail Air Cycle Machines (ACM).
The ACM has a range of functions on the flight including regulating air pressure in the cabin and air conditioning.
The equipment further adjusts moisture during the flight, to mitigate the threat of corrosion on the aircraft.
RUAG Australia is currently employed to support Boeing on a number of projects, including the Super Hornet, Chinook and Loyal Wingman.
The announcement comes following the successful repair of a test ACM by RUAG Australia.
Clair Kluge, Boeing Defence Australia director Wedgetail programs, outlined that the certification would help Australia’s defence industry.
“Our work with RUAG Australia to build this capability locally is a win for Australian defence industry as well contributing to Boeing Defence Australia’s commitment to ensuring the highest levels of aircraft availability,” Kluge said.
“We anticipate that RUAG Australia will achieve MRO accreditation within the next couple of months.
“We are pleased to have such a strong relationship with a capable supplier and will continue to work with RUAG to look for further opportunities to grow MRO capabilities locally.”
Terry Miles, general manager of RUAG Australia, outlined that RUAG is looking forward to using its broad expertise to support Boeing.
“We’re proud to be supporting Boeing across a number of platforms, utilising our highly experienced local workforce of engineers, technicians and program managers and look forward to this continued business relationship,” said Miles.