South Australia-based Mincham Aviation has received a second Australian supplier contract from Northrop Grumman for the US Navy’s MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS) initial production lot.
Under this contract, Mincham Aviation will be responsible for manufacturing aircraft structure components for the first low-rate production lot of four Triton air vehicles.
Northrop Grumman Australia chief executive Ian Irving said: "We are pleased to be able to further demonstrate our ongoing commitment to developing and fostering capabilities in local supply chains.
"We will continue to look to offer opportunities to quality-focused Australian companies to be involved in the production and sustainment of Triton, which will be one of the US Navy’s and Royal Australian Air Force’s key capabilities for many years to come."
In July, Northrop awarded Brisbane-based Ferra Engineering with the first Australian supplier contract. The company secured a contract to support the construction of Triton.
In March 2014, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced plans to purchase the Triton UAS for high-altitude, long-endurance surveillance missions.
The MQ-4C Triton is a new broad area maritime surveillance (BAMS) UAS, which complements the US Navy’s maritime patrol and reconnaissance force family of systems, delivering signals intelligence (SIGNET), C4ISR and maritime strike capabilities.
Northrop Grumman’s engagement with both the companies 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.