Brisbane-based Ferra Engineering has secured a contract from Northrop Grumman to support the construction of US Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS).
Under the contract, the Australian company will produce mechanical sub-assemblies, including structural components, for the first four Triton air vehicles.
Northrop Grumman Australia CEO Ian Irving said: "At Northrop Grumman it is very important to not only develop our own capabilities, but to develop and foster capabilities in local supply chains.
"This is a great opportunity for quality-focused Australian companies to be involved in the production and sustainment of one of the US Navy’s and Royal Australian Air Force’s key capabilities for many years to come."
The new development was facilitated through the Australian department of defence’s global supply chain programme.
The initiative allows international firms to offer Australian industry opportunities to compete for business worldwide on a value-for-money basis.
"This contract, and the opportunities we expect will be available in follow-on production lots, (and) highlight Northrop Grumman’s commitment to Australian industry," Irving added.
MQ-4C Triton is a new broad area maritime surveillance (BAMS) unmanned aircraft system, which complements the US Navy’s maritime patrol and reconnaissance force family of systems, delivering SIGNET (signals intelligence), C4ISR and maritime strike capabilities.
The aircraft is suitable for conducting continuous sustained operations over an area of interest at long ranges, and relays maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) information directly to the commander.
Image: Northrop Grumman’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. Photo: courtesy of Northrop Grumman Corporation.