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TO PROVIDE AUSTRALIAN
INDUSTRY WITH GLOBAL
SUPPLY CHAIN OPPORTUNITIES
Rheinmetall AG announced on October
20 that it has signed an agreement with
the Commonwealth of Australia to expand
opportunities for Australian companies within its
Global Supply Chain.
With more than 80 production plants worldwide,
Dusseldorf-based Rheinmetall delivers mobility
and security solutions to customers in the
automotive and defence sectors. Rheinmetall
Defence is Europe’s foremost supplier of military
systems and equipment, delivering technology to
armies, navies and air forces around the world.
In Australia, Rheinmetall has agreements in
place with local suppliers for work on the delivery
of more than 2500 tactical logistics trucks to the
Australian Army under the Land 121 Phase 3B
program valued in the hundreds of millions of
dollars. Rheinmetall’s activities around Land 400
Phase 2 has involved engagement with over 350
Australian companies during the bidding process.
In areas such as munitions and the development
of protection systems, Rheinmetall is also
building partnerships with local companies with
a strong presence in these markets and high
quality internal expertise.
“On these and other programs, Rheinmetall
is driven by the goal of fundamentally enriching
the Australian economy through transfer of
knowledge and technology,” said Rheinmetall
Defence Australia and New Zealand Managing
Director Andrew Fletcher.
“This allows us to create sustainable, long
term high technology jobs, with a strong potential
to export the systems we produce back into the
Mr Fletcher said the Global Supply Chain
agreement with the Commonwealth would open
up new opportunities for Australian suppliers to
participate in major defence contracts worldwide.
“This agreement signifies Rheinmetall’s
commitment to grow Australian involvement in
our business activities globally,” he said.
“As Rheinmetall builds its footprint in Australia
through programs such as Land 1213B and
Land 400 so too are we expanding our reach
into new markets and securing contracts across
vehicle systems, electronic solutions, and
weapons and ammunition.”
“Australian SMEs now have an opportunity to
bring their world class skills and commitment to
innovation to new industries and markets that
were previously out of reach.”
Rheinmetall MAN - HX77 vehicle in a bush setting near Wacol, Queensland. Credit: CoA / Dean Whitling
CH-53K KING STALLION
PASSES INITIAL OPERATIONAL
WEST PALM BEACH, FL, Oct. 21, 2016 –
Lockheed Martin announced the CH-53K
King Stallion successfully completed initial
operational testing by the U.S. Marine Corps
to verify the key capabilities of the heavy
lift helicopter. The week-long operational
assessment by Marine Corps pilots, aircrew
and maintainers marked an important step in
support of a Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP)
Milestone C decision early next year.
“This successful operational assessment by the
Marine Corps is a clear sign of the maturity and
the robust capability of the King Stallion,” said Dr.
Michael Torok, Sikorsky Vice President CH-53K
Programs. “This was a key requirement in support
of the upcoming Milestone C decision, and its
success is another important step in our transition
from development into production.”
The U.S. Marine Corps’ initial operational testing
included external lift scenarios of 27,000 lbs.
(12,200 kgs) in hover and a 12,000 lb. (5,422
kg) 110 nautical mile radius mission. Ground
events included embarkation / debarkation of
combat equipped troops, internal and external cargo
rigging, tactical bulk fuel delivery system (TBFDS)
operation and medevac litter configuration.
Overall, post evaluation interviews of aircrew,
ground crew and flight surgeons revealed a high
regard for the operational capability demonstrated
by the King Stallion. This customer assessment is
a pre-requisite to Milestone C and is intended to
minimize risk to successfully pass the U.S . Marine
Corps operational evaluation (OPEVAL) phase for a
future full rate production decision.
“OT-B1( Operational Test) is a critical milestone
for the program because this is the first time an
operational test has been done utilizing an ’All
Marine’ crew,“ said Col. Hank Vanderborght,
U.S . Marine Corps program manager for Naval
Air Systems Command’s Heavy Lift Helicopters
Program. “All test objectives were met, and the
aircraft performed very well. This further increases
our confidence in the design, and is another key
step to successfully fielding the CH-53K."
The operational testing was based out of the
Sikorsky Development Flight Center (DFC) in West
Palm Beach, Florida, where CH-53K development
flight test is continuing to make excellent progress
now with all four Engineering Development Model
(EDM) aircraft in flight status.
The King Stallion will carry three times the
external payload of the predecessor CH-53E
equating to a 27,000 pound external load over 110
nautical miles under “high hot” ambient conditions.
The CH-53K helicopter provides unmatched heavy
lift capability with reduced logistics footprint and
reduced support costs over its entire life cycle.
CH-53K pilots can execute heavy lift missions
more effectively and safely in day/night and all
weather with the King Stallion’s modern glass
cockpit. Fly-by-wire flight controls facilitate
reduced pilot workload for all heavy lift missions
including external loads, maritime operations,
and operation in degraded visual environments.
With more than triple the payload capability
of the predecessor CH-53E, the King Stallion’s
increased capability can take the form of a variety
of relevant payloads ranging from an internally
loaded High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled
Vehicle (HMMWV) to up to three independent
external loads at once which provides outstanding
mission flexibility and system efficiency. A
locking, U.S. Air Force pallet compatible cargo rail
system reduces both effort and time to load and
unload palletized cargo.
The U.S. Department of Defense's Program of
Record remains at 200 CH-53K aircraft. The first
four of the 200 “Program of Record” aircraft are
scheduled for delivery next year to the U.S. Marine
Corps, with another two aircraft to follow. Two
additional aircraft are under long lead procurement
for parts and materials, with deliveries scheduled
to start in 2020 The Marine Corps intends to
stand up eight active duty squadrons, one training
squadron, and one reserve squadron to support
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