L-R: Mr Jake Campbell (Triton Australia Program Director), Nick Carthew (Managing Director-AME Systems), Ms Rho Cauley-Bruner (Triton Program Director), The Hon Dan Tehan MP (Federal Member for Wannon). Photo credit: Craig Wilson
AME Systems awarded additional contract for MQ-4C Triton program with Northrop Grumman.
ARARAT, Australia – 6th December 2022 – AME Systems announced today that they have been awarded a contract to supply more cables to Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Triton Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) program. The contract, valued at over one million dollars, will see locally produced cables fitted to Triton aircraft destined for the Royal Australian Air Force and United States Navy. To celebrate and announce this significant achievement, representatives from Northrop Grumman in America and Australia visited AME Systems head office in Ararat.
Rho Cauley-Bruner, Northrop Grumman’s Triton Program Director, explained that “AME Systems continues to deliver cables to our Palmdale California plant that meet the highest standards demanded of modern military aircraft like Triton. We are extremely proud to be able to leverage the talent of the AME Systems team into our program.”
This contract award highlights the manufacturing capabilities of Australian industry and how they can compete on a global stage. “AME Systems understands the critical role Australian industry will play in protecting Australians in the future.” said Nick Carthew, Managing Director of AME Systems.
“We appreciate the support from Northrop Grumman and the Commonwealth’s Global Supply Chain program for helping AME meet the rigorous standards demanded of the company’s international supply chain and I am really proud of the team here in Ararat who have delivered this outcome. Our precedence has always been to provide opportunity for the people of Ararat and our region.”
Triton is a long range, long endurance maritime UAS that will give Australia an unprecedented ability to conduct Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance missions across Australia’s maritime area of interest. The first aircraft will be seen in Australian skies from 2024.
AME Systems achieved Northrop Grumman certification in 2021, being the third company globally to do so. Achieving that certification standard has allowed AME to be a key supplier within the Northrop Grumman global supply chain. AME Systems would like to acknowledge the Commonwealth’s Global Supply Chain program for providing significant assistance in establishing AME Systems into Northrop Grumman’s international supply chain.
Northrop Grumman is proud to have AME Systems as a partner on the Triton program. This announcement will bring more economic growth and sustainability to the Ararat and surrounding areas. Some extra advantages to this are more jobs in the region, substantial organisational growth, continued opportunities in the broader defence industry and upskilling of current employees.