IPSWICH-based TAE has signed an agreement with global giant Honeywell Aerospace to provide logistics support for the Honeywell AGT 1500 engines for the Australian Army's fleet of M1A1 Abrams battle tanks.
Australia's leading turbine engine maintenance and engineering services company, TAE (Tasman Aviation Enterprises), is based at RAAF Base Amberley.
Honeywell is working with the Australian Army and TAE to establish an engine repair, overhaul and test facility at Amberley to support the Abrams' maintenance.
The facility is expected to be completed by next January, and will begin with a staff of 12 people.
"Honeywell's AGT 1500 engine is well known for its instant power, multi-fuel capabilities and stealthy operation, making it the world's standard for tank durability and survivability," TAE general manager Andrew Sanderson said. "The in-country AGT1500 maintenance capability, with support from Honeywell, will deliver significant sustainment benefits to the Australian Army, create skilled jobs in Australia and help the Australian defence industry to move up in the global value chain."
He said TAE would significantly reduce the current turnaround time for repair and overhaul of the engines, previously done by the US Army, from nine-12 months to less than three months.
TAE started operation in 2000, having won a major F-111 aircraft maintenance contract for the RAAF. Since then, it has grown from six to 200 employees.
Honeywell spokesman Mark Burgess said Australia was an important and strategic long-term growth space for Honeywell and were well-positioned to support the needs of the country.
TAE will provide the following support to the army for the M1A1 Abrams AGT1500 engine:
- Engine maintenance, repair and overhaul services.
- Engineering and program management support.
- Operator and maintenance training.
- Supply chain management, including spares and repairable items support.
- Tooling and test equipment to establish a test cell and depot overhaul centre at TAE's Amberley facility.
- Expanding aftermarket support in Australia.
Honeywell is also helping build Australia's defence capabilities by working with the Federal Government and local companies to bolster other regional repair and overhaul services.
The company is also working to establish an F-35 Lightning II repair and overhaul model for the aircraft's Power and Thermal Management System (PTMS) and wheels and brakes.
Honeywell provides support for the F-18 Hornet, AP-3C and C-130J, CH47 Chinook and M1A1 Abrams, both through local partners for spares and repair services and directly to RAAF and Australian Army operators.