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AIRBUS AUSTRALIA CEO, TONY FRASER
Airbus operations in Australia and the Pacific are
fully integrated within the global Airbus organisation,
a global leader in aeronautics, space and related
services. With 1500 personnel in Australia and 250
in New Zealand, we provide a strong local footprint
with depth through the continuum of the Airbus
company, supporting rotary wing and fixed wing
military and civil aircraft.
Through significant investment to establish a facility
and create more than 600 jobs, Airbus transferred
the skills and technology to assemble 61 of 69 ARH
Tiger and MRH-90 Taipan helicopters for Defence
in Australia. Airbus retained this workforce during
the mining boom and with the final MRH-90 Taipan
(A40-047) soon to be delivered, has transitioned the
majority of the skilled workforce into the combined
Defence and Industry Through Life Support
organisation known as Taipan and Tiger Management
Unit. Demonstrating the unique capability of the
Defence and Airbus engineers, through the Software
Support Centre, the Australian based capability
executed exceptional modifications on ARH Tiger
to include Laser Guidance on rockets and the
AGM-114R Hellfire Missile.
Airbus is also well known for its market leading civil
helicopter range, also reflected in our region, and we
have a proud heritage of supporting third-party fixed
wing aircraft in the Royal Australian Air Force and the
Royal New Zealand Air Force.
Airbus KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transports are a
major force multiplier in the Australian Defence Force
coalition operations in the Middle East.
Demonstrating depth to the 133,000 personnel
company and leveraging the extensive research and
development program, Airbus provides Geo-Spatial
services and has regional space capabilities.
Airbus appreciates the exceptionally positive
relationship Government and the initiatives driven
through the 2016 Defence Industry Policy. We
respect the Government commitment to Defence
capability and the historically high rate of project
approvals and initiatives, which are having a direct
benefit to the industry at large and the Small to
Medium Enterprise investment appetite.
AIRBUS IS COMMITTED TO A
LONG-TERM FUTURE IN AUSTRALIA
Building on the significant Airbus capital and skills
investment in Australian assembly of high technology
helicopters, Airbus remains well positioned to
provide Defence with a strong local element with
reachback depth, for the proposed Capability
Assurance Programs for ARH Tiger and MRH-90
Taipan. The opportunities extend to the network of
Australian suppliers Airbus has established. ARH
Tiger Through Life Support is mature and MRH-90
is approaching full fleet support, with the final
aircraft soon to be accepted.
Under Plan Jericho, Airbus has also provided
responsive engineering and modifications on the
C-130J Hercules and P3C Orion. Airbus is supporting
Boeing for Introduction Into Service on the P8.
In 2016 through a partnership with SpeedCast for
a Ground Station based in Adelaide, Airbus relocated
a SkyNet5 Satellite to support the Australian
operational region. Airbus has a global space and
satellite services capability, and is keen to contribute
further to the growing Australian future programs.
Through Defence, Airbus and local industry
investment, under the ARH Tiger and the MRH-90
Taipan programs, Australian companies have
become exporters of products and services. These
include companies such as Cablex for supply of
electrical harnesses into the Airbus supply chain,
enduring beyond Australian programs, and Safran
for overhaul of engines.
Australian skilled personnel are also now employed
in key positions in the Airbus programs in Europe,
and Airbus refurbishes C-130H transitioned under
the Government to Government program between
Australia and Indonesia. Under the Airbus banner,
our Australian and New Zealand footprints are well
positioned for future similar export opportunities.
With a company of 133,000 personnel, Airbus has
an extensive Research and Development, technology
and skills incubation, training and development
programs that extend to Australia. Airbus also has
partnerships with universities, the Defence Science
and Technology Group, training and research
institutions to ensure maximum cooperation to
collectively pursue our goals of future flight.
Research and Development spans the full
spectrum of Airbus technology and flight using
eco-efficiency and innovation as drivers for an
environmentally sustainable future.
Airbus invests extensively in global aerospace
acceleration initiatives, such as Bizlabs for hybrid
startups, technology leveraged production utilising
virtual and enhanced awareness tools, and episodic
disruption innovation through our A3 in Silicon Valley,
where we identify and invest in the most visionary
entrepreneurs in the global aerospace ecosystem.
Defence and Airbus established a strong Australian
capability for software support of the ARH Tiger and
MRH-90 Taipan. As shown for the fitment of laser
guidance onto the ARH Tiger rockets and integration
of the AGM-114R Hellfire, this critical capability has
the competency to rapidly develop software for the
platforms completely within Australia; a strategic
enabling capability for combat operations.
Airbus Australia CEO, Tony Fraser
Through Defence, Airbus and local industry investment, under the
ARH Tiger and the MRH-90 Taipan programs, Australian companies
have become exporters of products and services.
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