A small Victorian company has won a US$2.46 million contract with the US Navy to deliver 22 specialist workstations that allow technicians safe access to the P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft of the navy.
Defense Industry Minister Melissa Price said the contract with AirFab, located in Melbourne’s Ferntree Gully, demonstrated the invaluable export opportunities the Australian defense industry was receiving through cooperation between the Royal Australian Air Force and the US Navy.
The Broadband Satellite Communications System workstations are specially designed and allow technicians to access the P-8A Broadband Satellite Communications Station and safely perform fuselage inspections without too much s ‘to expand.
“These works represent are designed to withstand harsh environments such as those found at forward operating bases and have built-in safety features to protect personnel,” said Minister Price.
“AirFab developed the work support design in partnership with the Royal Australian Air Force and US Navy to meet the unique requirements of the P-8A Poseidon. Maritime patrol aircraft.
“Working with the Royal Australian Air Force has given AirFab a direct engagement with the US Navy that a small Australian company would not normally have had access to.”
Aston MP Alan Tudge said the contract was great news for the local Knox economy.
“The materials used in the stands are Australian made, with steel and aluminum sourced from local manufacturers,” Tudge said.
“The export opportunity not only provides direct growth to AirFab, but allows residual employment and training to more than 20 small and medium-sized businesses that AirFab works with.”
In addition to supplying the 22 workstations to the US Navy, AirFab also manufactures eight workstations for the fleet of RAAF P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol aircraft.
“The purpose-built workstations will allow technicians to access the P-8A Broadband Satellite Communications Station and safely perform fuselage inspections without stretching,” said Minister Price. .
“This contract recognizes that the Australian defense industry is capable of producing and exporting high quality security equipment not only for our Australian defense personnel, but also for our allies.”