A new company has announced it will build parts for Australian helicopter engines, engines for Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) aircraft and aircraft for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
Key points:The company, which is part of a global aerospace group, will build engines and parts for the RAAF and RANAnaerosystems has already delivered engines to the RANThe company is part-owned by Airbus Helicopters and is planning to open a new factory with a major focus on enginesThe announcement comes days after an engine manufacturer said it was expanding its operations in Australia.
Anaerasystems, based in London, will manufacture engines for the Australian RAAF, the Australian Navy and the Royal Australia Air Force.
“We are very excited to be part of this great industry, which will give us the capability to provide innovative and world-leading aviation parts for both RAAF aircraft and RAPs,” Anaerassystems chairman Mark Evans said in a statement.
“Aerospace manufacturing is an exciting sector and one which is gaining momentum across the globe.”
Mr Evans said the company would “continue to build out the aerospace manufacturing capabilities and processes we have been able to demonstrate over the past few years”.
The announcement is a major blow to Airbus Helicopter, which had been expected to build parts in Australia as part of its plans to expand its Australian operations.
Mr Evans, who also sits on the boards of both Airbus Helicoperates and Aeroservices, said he had spoken with RAAF Chief of Defence, General Angus Houston, about his interest in the company’s work.
“I am really excited to see what AnaerosSystems is doing in Australia and the opportunities that we will be able to provide the RACB,” Mr Evans said.
“This is an area where we have a lot of experience and we are looking forward to working closely with the RAP to get our engines, parts and expertise to the Australian market.”
The RAAF has been forced to ramp up production after a series of engine failures in the past year.
The government last year announced a $1.4 billion programme to modernise and modernise its fleet of aircraft.
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