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Mackay Defence Technologies, a division
of Mackay Consolidated Industries and the
Australian distributor for FAUN Trackway
Ground Mobility Systems, announced on January
9 that it has secured a major order from the
Australian Defence Force for a portable runway
for Unmanned Air Vehicles.
FAUN is a UK based company that already
has an extensive range of temporary aluminium
roadways and runways in use by over 30 armed
FAUN Trackway’s UAV Landing Mat acts as a
temporary runway for unmanned aerial vehicles
and is the first of its type to hit the international
The lightweight UAV Landing Mat is designed
to provide a temporary smooth landing, regardless
of terrain, for any size or weight of UAV and can be
deployed rapidly by hand. To enable the UAV to
rapidly decelerate when landing, the mats can
also be fitted with arrestor gear typically found on
“With defence analysts expecting modern
air combat and surveillance to be increasingly
dominated by UAVs – or drones as they are
otherwise known – we are expecting these UAV
mats to be an area of growth for Mackay ,” Mackay
Defence Sales Engineer, Rohan James said.
Originally designed and developed for the UK
Ministry of Defence, Trackway is used for the
rapid deployment and recovery of vehicles and
people. Trackway provides temporary access into
areas where there are no roads or the roads have
The system is designed to be transported easily
by a wide variety of vehicles, and can be used
repeatedly or stored for future use. For vehicle use
Trackway is available in 2 different models – the
Medium Ground Mobility System (MGMS) and
Heavy Ground Mobility System (HGMS). APDR
On December 12 BAE Systems announced that six
Australian small to medium enterprises (SMEs)
have been awarded initial contracts to produce
specialised components for the global F-35 Joint
Strike Fighter (JSF) Program.
The contracts underline the recent agreement
between BAE Systems Australia and the Defence
Materiel Organisation (DMO) which aims to help
more Australian SMEs secure opportunities in the
company’s global supply chain.
The qualification contracts were a collaborative
proposal between the SMEs, BAE Systems Australia
and BAE Systems Nashua (US) operations, with
the support of the Australian Government’s New
Air Combat Capability (NACC) Program.
The contracts, awarded to Micreo (based
in Brisbane), AW Bell (based in Melbourne),
Ferra Engineering (based in Brisbane), Levett
Engineering (based in Adelaide), TAE (based in
Brisbane) and SEC Plating (based in Sydney),
are for the production of various mechanical
assemblies that will contribute to the JSF’s on
board Electronic Warfare system.
The SMEs will be required to variously
demonstrate a range of advanced manufacturing
techniques including close tolerance machining,
casting, plating, vacuum brazing and laser
Successful delivery will “qualify” each SME
for ongoing participation in this element of the
global manufacturing program.
The orders placed by BAE Systems Nashua with
BAE Systems Australia are the first stage of what
could potentially result in up to AUD $300 million
worth of work over the 20 year manufacturing life
of the global JSF program.
“We would not have been able to bid for this
work package on our own – this collaborative
proposal has enabled us to exercise our own
particular skills. The company will be making the
best possible use of its existing capabilities” said
Micreo’s Managing Director - Tim Shaw.
“AW Bell are delighted and proud to be chosen
by BAE Systems Australia to be a member of the
team to supply components of the F35 Lightning,
Joint Strike Fighter, Electronic Warfare system.
AW Bell’s commitment to the development of
new aluminium casting technologies, enables us
to support these most advanced of all defence
systems” said AW Bell Chairman - Geoff Bell.
Program Manager New Air Combat Capability -
AVM Kym Osley said “The Department of Defence
and the NACC Program are delighted to see
Australian industry collaborating to win business
in the international arena by providing best value.
I am sure it will be the catalyst for future industry
participation on JSF.”
Chief Executive, BAE Systems Australia – David
Allott said “This is a great outcome for Australia’s
defence SMEs. This collaboration has enabled
an integrated local industry solution that has
captured global JSF manufacturing work right
here in Australia.” APDR
ADF places order for FAUN Trackway Portable Runway
Apache helicopter on portable runway.
Joint Strike Fighter
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