Northrop Grum­man part­ners with Lufthansa Tech­nik on Aus­tralian KC-30A


Northrop Grum­man In­te­grated De­fence Ser­vices (IDS), a fully-owned Aus­tralian sub­sidiary of Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion, has signed an agree­ment with Lufthansa Tech­nik AG for the pro­vi­sion of ser­vices in sup­port of the Royal Aus­tralian Air Force’s fleet of KC-30A multi-role tanker trans­port (MRTT) air­craft. Northrop Grum­man IDS is the prime con­trac­tor for MRTT Through-Life Sup­port (TLS).

“This agree­ment be­tween Northrop Grum­man and Lufthansa Tech­nik pro­vides the po­ten­tial for sig­nif­i­cant sav­ings for the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment,” said Ian Irv­ing, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Northrop Grum­man Aus­tralia. “This ac­cess to parts and ex­per­tise through this agree­ment is an im­por­tant part of our vi­sion to build Northrop Grum­man as a re­gional sup­port hub for a range of air­craft types for Aus­tralian and re­gional air forces.”

The agree­ment will pro­vide the Aus­tralian MRTT pro­gramme with im­proved ac­cess to a global in­ven­tory net­work, land­ing gear ser­vices and a re­duc­tion in com­po­nent re­pair times through Lufthansa Tech­nik’s com­mer­cial ex­per­tise. It also al­lows for fu­ture ex­ten­sion for sup­port of parts and gen­eral main­te­nance to other air­craft types.

“The Lufthansa Tech­nik part­ner­ship is an ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­nity for our or­gan­i­sa­tion,” said John Parker, Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager, Global Lo­gis­tics and Mod­ern­iza­tion Di­vi­sion, Northrop Grum­man Tech­nol­ogy Ser­vices. “With their sup­port, our Northrop Grum­man team is uniquely po­si­tioned to pro­vide the Royal Aus­tralian Air Force’s KC-30A MRTT fleet with high-qual­ity TLS and ex­cep­tional over­all pro­gramme per­for­mance.”

“We are ex­cited at the op­por­tu­nity to work with Northrop Grum­man on the Aus­tralian MRTT pro­gramme,” said Wieland Timm, Vice Pres­i­dent (Sales), VIP & Spe­cial Mis­sion Air­craft, Lufthansa Tech­nik AG. “The work which Lufthansa Tech­nik un­der­takes on massed fleets of air­craft glob­ally pro­vides Northrop Grum­man and the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment with the ac­cess to a depth of main­te­nance ex­per­tise and parts which has the po­ten­tial to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce costs. We look for­ward to ex­plor­ing how we can pro­vide sim­i­lar as­sis­tance to other air forces and air­craft types around the Asian re­gion.”

The agree­ment will see Lufthansa Tech­nik pro­vide ser­vices to Northrop Grum­man in­clud­ing spares (con­sum­ables and ex­pend­ables) pro­cure­ment; air­craft com­po­nent test, re­pair and over­haul ser­vices; land­ing gear over­haul ser­vices and air­craft com­po­nent sup­port. The sup­port of Lufthansa Tech­nik will also pro­vide the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment with op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fu­ture to re­duce its hold­ing of spares and ma­te­ri­als with­out di­min­ish­ing the level of avail­able sup­port for the MRTT pro­gramme.

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