F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet Maintenance and Modification
The combat-proven Classic Hornet is a twin-engine, multi-mission, tactical air-to-air and air-to-ground strike aircraft. Boeing Defence Australia (BDA) supports the RAAF's fleet of 71 F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets at RAAF Base Williamtown in New South Wales, Australia. BDA is currently delivering a range of programs to support the fleet including the multi-faceted HUG Phase 2.3 program to upgrade the aircraft's radar, software and defensive measures; deeper maintenance and life of service support, and procurement and local manufacture of F/A-18 spares under the current Repair of Repairables contract.
F/A-18F Super Hornet Sustainment
The F/A-18F Super Hornet is a combat-proven strike fighter with built-in versatility for total force support. BDA is subcontracted to The Boeing Company under the Commonwealth of Australia's Super Hornet Sustainment contract and delivers engineering, supply chain management and maintenance services to support the RAAF's F/A-18F Super Hornet fleet. BDA provides platform support through a combination of local engineering services based at RAAF Base Amberley, Queensland, and U.S. capabilities based in St. Louis, Missouri.
C-17 Globemaster III In Service Support
A high-wing, 4 engine, T-tailed military transport aircraft, the multi-service C-17 Globemaster III can carry large equipment, supplies and troops directly to small airfields in harsh terrain anywhere in the world day or not. BDA supports the RAAF’s six C-17 aircraft through the Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP) BDA provides a range of customer-unique services for the Australian C-17 fleet under the GISP contract including sustainment, engineering, ground support equipment maintenance, supplier support/warehousing, wheel and tyre maintenance, main and emergency battery servicing, calibration and proof loading of equipment, aircraft washes, non destructive testing during home station checks and over and above testing. These activities are performed by warehouse, ground support and field services personnel at RAAF Base Amberley.
Boeing Australia Component Repairs
Boeing Australia Component Repairs provides maintenance, repair and overhaul of structural aircraft components, including sheet metal structures, machined structures, bonded structures and component structures, for both commercial and military platforms. It also has the ability to perform on-aircraft composite repairs.
BDA delivers technical support services to maximise readiness, reduce life cycle costs and optimise investment for our customers. Our industry-leading technical support capabilities include:
- Support Engineering Sustainment Solutions: Experienced delivery of services including system requirements and functional analysis, system design, system integration and verification, set to work and test, technical support, and repair and field maintenance support.
- Engineering and Obsolescence Management: This capability has been developed over the past decade where BDA has delivered niche expertise in supporting internal and external communications systems for the maritime domain and complex aerospace systems for the F-111.
- Logistics support analysis: The logistics support analysis services ensures that supportability considerations influence equipment design, thereby minimising the customers total cost of ownership.
- Technical Publications: With unrivalled scope and experience in developing, producing and maintaining technical publications, BDA uses industry leading technology and software to deliver high quality technical publications.
- Life cycle cost modelling and analysis: BDA specialises in life cycle cost analysis using computer based models to support our customers design and acquisition requirements. This includes providing alternative design and support solutions and identifying risk.
- Spares optimisation modelling and analysis: BDA is committed to maintaining the operational capability of our customers complex equipment. Our spares operational modelling and analysis capability produces cost-effective, tailored solutions by using sophisticated computer modelling to solve logistics and sparing problems.
BDA is the leading in-country technical support provider with a range of major Australian Defence Force acquisition and sustainment programs benefiting from our services including Wedgetail AEW&C aircraft, Collins Class Submarine, RNZAF 757 and Vigilare communication systems. The technical support experience extends beyond defence platforms with support to the 787 Dreamliner component maintenance manuals.
The Collins Class submarine communications program has been a BDA project for the past ten years, conducting maintenance and modification activities on the Collins Class internal and external communications systems including communications antenna capability, internal and external power supplies, high frequency antenna capability enhancement and upgrades to the platforms communication capabilities, meaning it can evolve and communicate with maritime, land and air platforms. The military satellite communications (MILSATCOM) project is another success story with a solution to support the offshore anchoring of military satellite communications operations developed and manufactured. This project is an excellent example of our ability to commission systems that meet global customer requirements.
These services cover radios, satellite and data communication, secure messaging, switching and antenna distribution systems and computer networks that are utilised to ensure responsive and agile engineering service that protect the integrity of customer’s data systems.
Army Aviation Training and Training Support
Under the Army Aviation Training and Training Support (AATTS) contract, BDA provides the Australian Army with:
- Helicopter pilot, aircrew and technician training using the Australian Army's fleet of 19 Bell 206 B1 Kiowa helicopters
- Operational fleet and depot level maintenance and support services at Oakey Army Aviation Training Centre, Queensland.
- CH-47D Chinook pilots and technicians training at 5th Aviation Regiment in Townsville, north Queensland.
BDA has one of the largest military instructional aircrew teams in Australia delivering the AATTS contract.
As a result of BDA's continued successful delivery of AATTS, the Australian Army has a constant supply of suitably qualified helicopter pilots, aircrew and technicians to conduct complex helicopter mission in support of domestic and global operations.
Boeing was selected by the Commonwealth of Australia for the performance based AATTS contract in 2007. Since then, Boeing has exceeded all Australian Army training and maintenance requirements including:
- standing up the entire program on time without any loss of capability during the transition period.
- successfully completing 100 per cent of training courses on schedule
- graduating qualified Black Hawk pilots and technicians
- graduating qualified Kiowa pilots and technicians
- delivering a broad range of ancillary training courses
- supported more than 60,000 hours of flying in the Kiowa and 12,000 hours of flying in the Black Hawk throughout the length of the contract.
- annually performing approximately 7,000 training sorties, 8,000 flying hours and more than 4,000 services across Kiowa and Black Hawk training helicopters.
BDA provides specialist support across a wide range of defence platforms and commercial projects. The Aerospace Support function provides maintenance, modification, upgrades and through-life support for a variety of air, land and sea domains and covers capability areas such as structures, mechanical, avionics and associated support. Boeing’s workshops include composite repair, sheet metal, electrical systems, surface finishing and life support.
Situated in close proximity to defence and commercial customers at RAAF Base Amberley and Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne, the Aerospace Support organisation delivers unrivaled support. The function holds a diverse range of
certifications and has a track record of success with recent projects including Boeing Wedgetail, Boeing Super Hornet sustainment program, Boeing Classic Hornet, Boeing CH-47 and other sustainment activities.
Internal External Communications Systems support for the Royal Australian Navy’s six Collins Class Submarines
Since 2000, Boeing has provided through-life engineering support services for Boeing-produced Internal External Communications (IEC) systems on the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) six Collins-class submarines. Used to communicate critical safety and operational procedures to crew members, RAN authorities and other naval assets, the IEC system is installed, reviewed and updated by Boeing during each submarine’s 18-month docking maintenance period in accordance with the refurbishment cycle.