RUAG Australia has provided more details about its plans with the Department of Defence’s Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority (SICP) grant it has received. In a news release, the company says that it will allow “RUAG to grow its capacity and supply chain resilience in strategic support of Defence and aircraft sustainment.”

It adds that the grant funding is set to enhance its capability for the manufacturing and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of hydraulic components and advance the company’s continuing efforts to improve manufacturing efficiency and cost competitiveness on behalf of their customers.

Photo: RUAG Australia

The resulting investment in modernizing and automating capital equipment expands upon the recently announced facility upgrades to the Hydraulic Centre of Excellence at RUAG’s Bayswater site and its commitment to Industry 4.0 manufacturing standards.

RUAG Australia did not state the value of the grant it is receiving, but the April announcement from Minister Price said it would be $1,000,000, which “will be used to modernise and automate critical equipment”.

Terry Miles, General Manager RUAG Australia says that this investment “will reduce our barriers to global competitiveness, provide greater reliability, and provide further assurance that quality requirements are continually met.”

RUAG says that it is continuing to invest in increasing capabilities and upgrading facilities at the company’s five sites located across Australia. These are at Amberley in Queensland, headquarters Bayswater and Airport West in Victoria, Williamtown in NSW and Wingfield in South Australia.

The company is an independent supplier and life cycle support provider of systems and components on behalf of the Royal Australian Air Force and other international air forces, as well as civil aviation, worldwide. It is manufacturing components for the global Lockheed-Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter supply chain, including the aircraft’s weapons bay door actuators and landing gear components.

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Kym Bergmann is the editor for Asia Pacific Defence Reporter (APDR) and Defence Review Asia (DRA). He has more than 25 years of experience in journalism and the defence industry. After graduating with honours from the Australian National University, he joined Capital 7 television, holding several positions including foreign news editor and chief political correspondent. During that time he also wrote for Business Review Weekly, undertaking analysis of various defence matters.After two years on the staff of a federal minister, he moved to the defence industry and held senior positions in several companies, including Blohm+Voss, Thales, Celsius and Saab. In 1997 he was one of two Australians selected for the Thomson CSF 'Preparation for Senior Management' MBA course. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of companies including Raytheon, Tenix and others. He has served on the boards of Thomson Sintra Pacific and Saab Pacific.

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