TAE Aerospace has increased its engine maintenance work for the Air Force and is working with General Electric International Incorporated (GEII) to export its innovations, according to the defence minister.
TAE has increased its proportion of “deeper maintenance work” on engines for the RAAF’s F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft from 25 per cent to 85 per cent in five years, said minister Linda Reynolds.
In a joint statement, defence industry minister Melissa Price said the company’s innovations had led to repair of components — which had previously been thrown away — for F414 engines. This had increased availability and decreased costs.
“This is the first time Australian industry has supported the US Navy engine fleet,” said Price.
“The locally developed solutions have been so successful that GEII is now working with TAE to export these unique, Australian developed repairs to support the US Navy’s F414 engine fleet.
TAE is Australian owned and employs 220 across several Australian sites, and also does maintenance work on M1 Abram tank and F-35A Lightning II aircraft engines.
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