Swiss company, RUAG through its Australian division has been selected to supply the landing gear systems for the Loyal Wingman – Advanced Development Programme led by Boeing Australia for the Royal Australian Air Force.
“We are very proud to have achieved this success in delivering the landing gear systems,” said General Manager RUAG Australia, Terry Miles. “RUAG Australia’s unique Hydraulic Centre of Excellence and ultra-precision manufacturing capabilities prove a significant contribution in serving the interests of Defence as well as Australian industry reliably and well into the future.”
RUAG Australia joins over 35 Australian companies in manufacturing the first military aircraft in Australia in more than 50 years. The aircraft rolled out today (May 5) is the first of three prototypes for Australia’s Loyal Wingman programme and serves as the foundation for the Boeing Airpower Teaming System (ATS) product being developed for the global defence market.
RUAG Australia has been a supplier to Boeing since 2001. This latest contract will help create additional jobs for RUAG Australia, as well as for the wider supply chain in Australia. The company is a supplier to a range of Boeing programmes, including F/A-18F Super Hornet, E-7A Wedgetail, CH-47 Chinook and others.
“The Loyal Wingman is a historic development programme for the Australian aerospace industry, Boeing and our entire industry team, and we’ve worked together with speed and agility to deliver this smart unmanned aircraft,” said Boeing Airpower Teaming System programme director, Shane Arnott. “We’ve leveraged the skills of the local supply chain to build a Loyal Wingman that will work together with other airpower teaming assets to provide an unmatched capability for Australia and for our global customers.”