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Northrop, Airbus joining forces for Australian maintenance opportunities

Triton UAV
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Northrop Grumman Australia and Airbus Australia Pacific announced they have entered into a strategic teaming agreement to cooperate in the delivery of aircraft sustainment capabilities at Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Edinburgh in South Australia.

The companies said they would collaborate in the sustainment and maintenance of new capabilities that will call RAAF Base Edinburgh home. The are also bringing Australian industry partners to this arrangement to augment their capabilities and expand access to specialty competencies.

“With the imminent arrival of ground-based infrastructure for the MQ-4C Triton unmanned system, we are already working on expanding our presence at Edinburgh,” said Chris Deeble, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia. “This agreement underscores Northrop Grumman’s commitment to Australian investment across advanced capabilities, skills and jobs in support of the country’s strategic defense programs.”

“Both Airbus and Northrop Grumman have a long and proven heritage in platform stewardship” said Andrew Mathewson, managing director, Airbus Australia Pacific. “Together, this expanded team has the capacity, capability and credentials needed to deliver reliable and effective sustainment solutions to the RAAF at Edinburgh.”