RUAG Australia received the first contracts awarded by the US Navy under the AUSMIN Defence Acquisition Committee (ADAC) – a collaboration between the US and Australian Departments of Defence.
RUAG Australia is the first Australian company to receive an award under the ADAC initiative covering the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of selected components for the F/A-18 Hornet fleet. RUAG Australia is now a designated and approved source of repair for Navy Supply (NAVSUP) within the APAC Region under this program.
“RUAG Australia appreciates the trust that the US Navy has placed in their ability to support their regional activities. RUAG’s MRO capabilities and track record of success with the Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF), will form the basis of a partnership with the US Navy to support the fleet readiness of the F/A-18 fleet in APAC and other Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers moving forward,” says Terry Miles, General Manager RUAG Australia.
ADAC is a senior bilateral forum for cooperation between the US and Australian Military aiming to facilitate closer defence and industry collaboration related to the acquisition, logistics and follow-on support of defence equipment. “We are pleased and proud to be recognized as an essential contributor to defence industry capability. We are looking forward to applying our technical expertise to other fleets in the APAC region and globally. It confirms our good reputation and our vast experience and know-how on the life-cycle support of F/A-18 fleets” states Stephan Jezler, Senior Vice President Aviation International, RUAG MRO International.
RUAG Australia has been supporting the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) F/A-18 fleet and other platforms since the early 1980s. RUAG’s focus on engineering and technical expertise has built a comprehensive knowledge base achieving high quality standards and short lead-times enabling RAAF and other end users to benefit from sustainable aircraft availability.