Minister for Defence Materiel Jason Clare today congratulated Boeing for keeping work on rudder pedals for their Super Hornet fighter jets in Australia.
Boeing had been working with Australian company Production Parts to provide rudder pedal kits as part of Boeing’s global supply chain. Production Parts went into receivership in August.
Boeing has now signed a contract with Brisbane-based company Ferra Engineering to manufacture the rudder pedal kits for Super Hornets.
Under the contract Ferra Engineering will produce the remaining kits that Production Parts were contracted to produce as well as 123 additional kits as part of the Super Hornet program.
"This is a good result and further cements Boeing’s commitment to working with the Australian defence industry," Mr Clare said.
"I want to congratulate Boeing and Ferra Engineering on the work they have done to keep this work here in Australia.
"This is more evidence the Federal Government’s Global Supply Chain Program is getting results.
"Boeing’s specialist team funded by the Government’s Global Supply Chain Program was the driving force behind keeping this work in Australia," Mr Clare said.
"When it comes to working with Australian SMEs – Boeing is ahead of the game.
"In the past four years, 24 Australian companies have won 101 contracts worth $256 million from Boeing."
Australia is the first country outside the United States to operate Super Hornets.
Mr Clare welcomed four more Super Hornets to Australia last month, completing two squadrons for the Royal Australian Air Force.
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