The Australian Department of Defence has reinforced its partnership with QinetiQ Australia in the delivery of Aircraft Structural Integrity (ASI) engineering and management services with the award of a long-term, follow-on and performance-based contract.
The contract with the Directorate General Technical Airworthiness – Australia Defence Force (DGTA-ADF), with rolling extensions for a term of up to 15 years, also facilitates greater collaboration between the DGTA-ADF, QinetiQ Australia and the Defence Science and Technology Group (DST Group) to ensure the ADF remains at the forefront of ASI management.
As part of the contract, QinetiQ Australia will deliver a range of ASI expertise including structural integrity management, airframe life extension, design of repairs and modifications, stress and fatigue analysis, software development and non-destructive testing.
Managing Director of QinetiQ Australia Greg Barsby said: “For 15 years, QinetiQ Australia has supported the DGTA-ADF in the delivery of ASI services to Defence and we look forward to another 15 years of strengthening and enhancing this strategically important industry capability.”
Chief Engineer of QinetiQ Australia Michael Houston said: “QinetiQ Australia is committed to our partnership with Defence’s technical airworthiness and science and technology organisations because it is critical for the delivery of safe, cost effective and capable outcomes to the ADF's current and future fleet."
QinetiQ Australia currently employs the largest concentration of ASI engineers in Australia and has delivered in excess of 3500 ASI tasks supporting the continued safe operation, enhanced capability and reduced cost of ownership of ADF aircraft.
QinetiQ Australia also holds unique status as the ADF's only commercial Authorised Engineering Organisation in ASI for all military aircraft types and will transition to become a Subpart 21J design approved organisation under the new Defence Aviation Safety Regulations being introduced this year.
The versatility of the ASI Services contract allows any agency within Defence to directly access QinetiQ Australia’s specialist ASI engineering expertise including structural integrity management, airframe life extension, design of repairs and modifications, stress and fatigue analysis, software development and Non-Destructive Testing.
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- A FTSE250 company, QinetiQ uses its world class knowledge, research and innovation to provide high-end technical expertise and advice, to customers in the global aerospace, defence and security markets. QinetiQ's unique position enables it to be a trusted partner to government organisations, predominantly in the UK and the US, including defence departments as well as other international customers in targeted sectors.
- As part of the QinetiQ company, QinetiQ Australia has more than 250 specialist staff located across Australia who use their know-how to deliver trusted and impartial advice and services to Australian defence and government organisations across air, land, maritime, government and technology domains.
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