Quickstep beefs up aircraft MRO capabilities


Defence contractor Northrop Grumman has foreshadowed further expansion of composites manufacturer Quickstep’s Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) capabilities at Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport.

Quickstep hosted the aerospace manufacturer to inspect progress in developing its MRO operation which it purchased from Boeing more than two years ago.

The company said it was taking delivery of an increasing number of military components in support of Royal Australian Air Force and Royal Australian Navy aircraft.

The Director Sustainment & Modernisation Services for Northrop Grumman Deanne Barnett inspected work undertaken by Quickstep on major components for the RAAF KC-30 aircraft.

Barnett said: “The KC-30 is a derivative of the Airbus A330 passenger aircraft which is used in refuelling, cargo and VIP transport roles.

“The establishment of this sovereign capability is vital, it means that components can now be repaired locally in a timely manner.

“As Northrop Grumman’s relationship with Quickstep progresses, the breadth and depth of component repair and overhaul capability for the aircraft fleets we support in Australia will be expanded, further strengthening the domestic Aerospace Defence Industry.”

Northrop Grumman are Quickstep’s largest customer across the group, growing into a partnership over more than a decade on the F-35 fighter aircraft production programme.

Picture: (L-R) Nick Fourie – GM Quickstep Services, Mark Burgess – MD & CEO Quickstep Group, Deanne Barnett – Director Sustainment and Modernisation Services Northrup Grumman, George Pesce – Head of Procurement Northrup Grumman

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