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Defence, Boeing sign new Wedgetail sustainment deal

written by australianaviation.com.au | March 18, 2014
A file image of the Wedgetail. (Boeing)
A file image of the Wedgetail. (Boeing)

The Defence Material Organisation has signed a contract extension with Boeing Defence Australia for the support of the RAAF’s E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) fleet.

The $901 millionsustainment contract covers engineering and maintenance support, repairs, spare parts, and aircrew and maintenance training through until 2019, with the potential for annual contract extensions thereafter based on performance and continuous improvement. Boeing also provides on-aircraft deeper maintenance and training under a separate contract that runs through to 2016, when the DMO will market-test these services.

“Our decision to extend this contract demonstrates the maturity of Boeing Defence Australia and its industry partners, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, engineering maintenance and logistics support to the E-7A Wedgetail capability. With 50 per cent Australian content, this contract extension maintains Australian industry’s significant involvement in the Wedgetail capability,” said Air Vice-Marshal Leigh Gordon, Head Aerospace Systems Division at the DMO.

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