Aussie companies get P-8A work

July 24, 2012 at 2:40 PM
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SYDNEY, July 24 (UPI) -- Two Australian companies will manufacture parts and assemblies for P-8A Poseidon maritime aircraft under contracts from Boeing.

The companies were named by Boeing as Lovitt Technologies and Ferra Engineering.

"Boeing continues to capture opportunities for value and growth through partnering with Australian suppliers," said Ian Thomas, president of Boeing Australia and South Pacific. "Over the past four years, we have awarded more than US$230 million in contracts for Australian industry."

Lovitt Technologies Australia and Ferra Engineering were identified as possible suppliers by Boeing's Office of Australian Industry Capability, which is part of the Defense Materiel Organization's Global Supply Chain Program.

Boeing said both companies hold a number of contracts with it for component manufacturing. Lovitt supplies parts for the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey and Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet. Ferra manufactures spare parts for Boeing Commercial Aviation Services and the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet program.

"We're pleased that our engagement with the OAIC has allowed us to gain traction into several Boeing defense programs and P-8 is the latest one of these," said Lovitt Technologies Managing Director Marcus Ramsay. "This work package will give us the opportunity to perform and increase our work statement on this program."

Lovitt Technologies will manufacture mission systems parts and assembly fabrications for the P-8 aircraft, while Ferra Engineering will supply internal and external airframe parts and assemblies to support P-8 flight and mission systems.

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