RUAG Australia’s Wingfield Surface Finishing Centre earns Lockheed Martin certification

Emmen, Switzerland, and Bayswater, Australia, 31 July 2019. RUAG Australia’s Wingfield Surface Finishing Centre is now Australia’s second Lockheed Martin approved facility for the application of fuel tank coatings in accordance with specifications for the F-35 JSF program. The facility’s technology enables a 97.6 % reduction in curing time over ambient conditions, ensuring Lockheed Martin benefits from accurate and prompt component availability. RUAG’s new capability for aerospace component finishing was officially inaugurated on 11 July 2019 and operates in conjunction with the large-volume (6.5 m2) processing tanks at Wingfield.

Establishing a second approved facility within Australia for the coating of internal and external fuel tanks was a strategic priority for the JSF program. The RUAG Wingfield Surface Finishing Centre fulfills the requirement for an additional in-country fuel cell processing facility, as well as structural components, even ahead of F-35 full-rate production. It also serves to reduce risk within the F-35 global supply chain. “We are proud to have achieved this accreditation,” states Terry Miles, General Manager, RUAG Australia. “Our new and enhanced capability supports Australian Defence, and the aerospace industry, with the requisite alternative supply chain solution for surface finishing.”

The Wingfield Surface Finishing Centre is certified according to Lockheed Martin’s MIL-C- 27725/AMS-C-27725 specification. In addition, the paint booths installed at the Wingfield facility comply with Australian Standard AS NZS 4114.1. They feature 10 micron inlet filtration and are sealed to prevent dust inclusions impacting paint finishes. Lighting has also been configured to provide in excess of 1200 lux at the working surface. The paint booths are temperature controlled (both heating and cooling) and have a full downdraught configuration providing the best performance for paint overspray removal.

Structural components that are exposed to aircraft fuel are coated with fuel tank coating. The fuel tank coating is sprayed onto part surfaces similar to normal primer and topcoat finishes, and a full cure is achieved after 21 days of ambient curing. RUAG’s fuel cell oven has been certified for curing F-35 fuel cell components within a period of 12 hours, by successfully achieving an environment of 60°C ±5°C and maintaining relative humidity within a range of ±5 %. Fuel cells are inspected for conformance to Lockheed Martin specification LMA-PJ264 requirements.

“This new fuel cell coating accreditation and the requisite capabilities at our Wingfield centre represent our direct response to the global needs of the aerospace industry and, importantly, the needs of Australian Defence,” confirms Stephan Jezler, Senior Vice President Aviation

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International, RUAG MRO International. “Our partners and suppliers within the manufacturing supply chain rely on us for this responsiveness and reliability.”

RUAG MRO International is an independent supplier, support provider and integrator of systems and components for civil and military aviation worldwide. It also develops and supports simulation and training systems and solutions for international trained security forces.

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Highly specialized in the support of aircraft and helicopters throughout their entire life cycle, the company includes maintenance, repair and overhaul services, upgrades, and the development, manufacture and integration of subsystems and components in their service portfolio.

In addition, as the manufacturer (OEM) of the Dornier 228, a versatile aircraft for special missions as well as passenger and cargo operations, RUAG focuses on customer support solutions, including OEM services.

Moreover, RUAG MRO International is a developer, OEM and system support provider for simulation and training systems technology for live, virtual and constructive (LVC) training. Complex and flexible functions, and a holistic approach, support realistic training scenarios, adapted to mission goals, at individual, team and unit instruction levels.

For information about RUAG Australia, visit www.ruag.com.au or contact Terry Miles, General Manager, RUAG Australia, terry.miles@ruag.com. You can also follow RUAG Australia on LinkedIn.

For further details visit www.ruag.com/mro-international or contact Rachel Gisiger, Senior Manager Marketing & Communication, RUAG MRO International, mobile +41 79 718 68 74, rachel.gisiger@ruag.com. You can also follow RUAG MRO International on LinkedIn.

Contact for Corporate Information: Kirsten Hammerich, Media Relations Manager, mobile +41 79 770 81 18, kirsten.hammerich@ruag.com

About RUAG:

RUAG develops and markets internationally sought-after technology applications in the fields of aerospace and defence for use on land, in the air and in space. 56% of RUAG's products and services are destined for the civil market and 44% for the military market. The Group is headquartered in Bern (Switzerland). It has production sites in Switzerland and in 15 other countries in Europe, the USA and Asia-Pacific. RUAG generates sales of approximately CHF 1.96 billion and has over 9,200 employees – 400 of whom are trainees.