The newly awarded $2.43 million DIH contract will continue the development of LAD technologies to enable reliable and repeatable repairs of damaged metal components for Defence, thereby reducing overall lifecycle operating costs and improving operational agility.
This contract follows the successful completion of a Capability & Technology Demonstrator (CTD) program in 2019 (which established RUAG's Powder Feed LAD system at its Bayswater site) and the successful repair of an aircraft component prototype.
The RAAF Capability Manager, Defence Airworthiness Regulator and Defence Scientific Advisor fully support the development of this sovereign additive repair capability, and in partnership with RUAG Australia, have agreed on a development strategy to progress with the next phase of Prototype Development.
The contract will assist with developing a DASA certification for additive repaired and manufactured products. The significant investment in LAD repair capability will lead to reduced cost of ownership of Defence platforms, improved repair turnaround times and better platform availability. This provides further opportunity for RUAG Australia to grow its sovereign industry capability and the provision of innovative additive metal repair technology both domestically and internationally.
The DIH enables Defence, industry and research organisations to collaborate on innovative technologies that can deliver leading-edge capabilities for Defence. “We’re proud to develop world-leading additive repair technologies, to continue supporting our defence customers which enhance their operational readiness,” says Terry Miles, General Manager, RUAG Australia.