• Boeing invites suppliers to register for sovereign helicopter sustainment network

    October 23, 2019

    Boeing is inviting Australian suppliers to register interest to join its Boeing Rotorcraft Network – Australia to grow sovereign rotary wing sustainment capability.

    The recent launch of the Boeing Rotorcraft Network – Australia page on the ICN Gateway aims to identify the depth and breadth of rotary wing sustainment and training capability nationally and to maximise local content on current and future helicopter sustainment programs.

    Boeing posted 43 capabilities on ICN Gateway that represent the supply chain capabilities that Boeing require to support the Chinook Interim Support Services contract, the Helicopter Aircrew Training System and future rotorcraft contracts. This includes the AH-64E Apache, which Boeing has offered to the Commonwealth of Australia under the LAND4503 armed reconnaissance helicopter replacement program.

    The ICN Gateway provides a national, open platform allowing defence and non-defence rotorcraft suppliers to register their interest directly with Boeing. Australian supply chain partners will then be identified to support Boeing’s commitment to developing sovereign best-for-capability regional solutions.

    More than half of the expressions of interest received to date through ICN Gateway are from businesses that are new to Boeing and offer potential for the company to broaden its Australian supply chain. 

    Boeing Defence Australia acting vice president and managing director Scott Carpendale has suggested that Australian SMEs who support the company’s rotorcraft programs can benefit from Boeing’s portfolio of sustainment contracts and global supply chain.

    “The Boeing Rotorcraft Network–Australia offers Australian businesses the opportunity to support critical defence programs and presents local SMEs with the potential to enter the export market via our extensive supply chain for rotary wing customers across the globe” Carpendale said.

    “By bringing more rotorcraft work to Australia, we will also reduce the total cost of ownership of the Boeing and non-Boeing platforms we support for the Australian Defence Force and keep more helicopters in the air where they’re needed.”

    Australian suppliers interested in being part of the Boeing Rotorcraft Network–Australia should register their interest on ICN Gateway at brna.icn.org.au. The page includes opportunities to register capability within airframe systems, avionics, components manufacturing, repair and maintenance, ground support services, materials and component supply and training.