Military and Strategic Journal
Issued by the Directorate of Morale Guidance at the General Command of the Armed Forces
United Arab Emirates
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Super Hornet,Growler Engine Contract Creates Opportunities for Australia

A local Australian business has increased its share of complex maintenance work on the engines that power the RAAF’s F/A-18F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft.
TAE Aerospace is an Australian local industry partner of General Electric International Incorporated (GEII) and has increased its proportion of deeper maintenance work on F414 engines from 25 per cent to 85 per cent in just five years.
Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds CSC said the increase demonstrates the opportunities available for Australian businesses to be involved in delivering critical defence capabilities.
“This is a significant increase in Australian content in only five years and is yet another demonstration of the capabilities that exist in Australia,” said Minister Reynolds. 
TAE’s involvement has led to innovation in the maintenance of the F414 engines by developing repairs for components, which would previously have been thrown away when they failed.
Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price said TAE’s approach has not only reduced costs, it has also improved engine availability for the Air Force.
Minister Price added: “The locally developed solutions have been so successful that GEII is now working with TAE to export these unique, Australian developed repairs to support the U.S. Navy’s F414 engine fleet.”

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