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EADS has announced that preparations have begun to deliver
thousands of items of tooling and spare parts from Europe to
Australia to support the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) new fleet
of Airbus Military A330 Multi-Role Tanker-Transport (MRTT) air-to-air
As part of the Commonwealth’s AIR 5402 acquisition process under
which Airbus Military is providing the RAAF with five such aircraft,
designated by the air force as KC-30A MRTT, some 4,500 individual
components - 500 units of Ground Support and Test equipment and
4,000 spares - will be delivered to 33 Squadron at RAAF Amberley, in
Queensland, Australia, over the next three months.
The equipment will be needed when the first A330 MRTT enters
squadron service at Amberley towards the end of the year.
Prime Contractor, Qantas Defence Services (QDS), and Airbus Military
have signed a Through Life Support (TLS) Contract under which Airbus,
through QDS, will ensure ongoing maintenance support to the A330
MRTT fleet over the next 22 years.
The signing was attended by the Chief Executive of Airbus Military,
Mr. Domingo Urena, who had travelled from Spain for the occasion.
Congratulating the parties, Mr. Domingo said: “Qantas and Airbus Military
are the ideal team to deliver the level of services that our customer
As Prime Contractor, Qantas Defence Services will base some 50
engineering support personnel at RAAF Amberley to manage the Through
Life Support programme. In its Design and Maintenance Support role,
Airbus Military will provide QDS with Engineering, Logistics, Technical
Data, Supply and Training support services. It will also assign two Field
Service Representatives to 33 Squadron for three years to ensure a smooth
entry into service.
The Through Life Support agreement also provides for future contracts
to ensure additional support for the military aspects of the fleet,
specifically Deep Maintenance, consolidating and expanding Airbus
Military’s presence and role in Brisbane.
Delivery of RAAF
Air Tanker Support
Equipment to Begin
Boeing Integration Team Lead Geoff Watson works
at a console for the Modernised High Frequency
Communications System. Credit: Heidi Snowdon
Boost for ADF
Greg Combet, Minister for Defen ce Materiel and Science
announced on May 13 that a major milestone has been reached
in Joint Proj ect 2043, the High Frequency Moder nisation
“The purpose of the HFMOD is to provide the ADF with a secure,
cost-effective information exchange capability for the command and
control of deployed forces as a primary survivable system and as a
parallel system to satellite communications,” Mr Combet said.
“The Modernised High Frequency Communications System consists
of a nationwide network of distributed HF radio stations (the Fixed
Network) with a central network management facility in Canberra.
“The final Fixed Network system has recently been formally accepted
from the prime contractor, Boeing Defence Australia.
“The achievement of this mileston e represents a significant
achievement in the modernisation of Defence’s high frequency
“This final capability introduces significant enhancements over the
core system, including increased levels of automation.
“The High Frequency Modernisation Project has been one of the
Government’s ‘Projects of Concern’ after it suffered schedule and
budget problems under the previous Government.
“While the initial capability introduced by the high frequency
modernisation project has been supporting ADF operations since
November 2004, delays in development of the enhanced capability
were experienced in 2007 and the project schedule was rebaselined
“While there have been challenges in getting to this point, I am
pleased to see that the Commonwealth and Boeing have been able to
work together to resolve these and achieve this important milestone.
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