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Australia Announces Contract Awards For RAAF C-130J Hercules Lighweight Armor

The official Australian Authorities has awarded a job-creating $2.13 million contract to a Hawkesbury-based engineering consultancy to proceed its improvement of a singular light-weight armor for the C-130J Hercules airlifted plane. The innovation might scale back plane fatigue and the chance of damage to Australian Defence Power personnel. The contract with Aerospace & Mechanical Consulting Engineers, in partnership with fellow NSW firm Armor Composite Engineering, will use a cutting-edge amour answer to supply the in-service plane with stronger safety.

Minister for Defence Trade Melissa Worth mentioned, “The Authorities’s funding had created jobs at each firms and was additional proof of the Authorities’s willpower to again protection trade to produce the ADF with the perfect functionality. This contract will strengthen ADF’s capabilities and supply a possibility to maximise Australian trade participation. By investing within the modern concepts of Australian small and medium companies, we’re delivering extra alternatives for these companies to take part in Defence tasks and instantly contribute to ADF functionality.


Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules Enhanced Air Mobility Demonstration
Royal Australian Air Power C-130J Hercules

The Director of Aerospace & Mechanical Consulting Engineers, John Eldridge, mentioned, “The contract was a possibility for the small enterprise to export the armor answer to Australia’s allies and develop its workforce. To help this contract, Aerospace & Mechanical Consulting Engineers has employed a further 4 engineering employees and Armor Composite Engineering has elevated its manufacturing employees by two, with an additional two employees to be employed within the subsequent 12 months.”

The Lockheed Martin C-130J Tremendous Hercules is a four-engine turboprop army transport plane. The C-130J is a complete replace of the Lockheed C-130 Hercules, with new engines, flight deck, and different methods. The C-130J is the latest model of the C-130 Hercules and the one mannequin in manufacturing. By July 2021, 450 C-130J have been delivered with 26 operators in 22 nations. The Royal Australian Air Power was the second worldwide buyer for the C-130J-30, with an preliminary order of twelve plane. A further order for 2 extra plane was deliberate however changed by the acquisition of a fifth Boeing C-17 Globemaster III.

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