Airbus is a major supplier of commercial aircraft to Australian carriers such as Qantas and Jetstar. Notably, Qantas was a launch customer for the A380 double-decker passenger airplane. Airbus manufactures various complex aero-structures in Australia including ribs, landing gear doors and wing tips. It also has a long standing research & technology relationship with Australian research agencies including high technology topics such as thermoset welding of composite materials and structural monitoring with advanced sensors.
Airbus Military meanwhile is supplying five A330 Multi-Role Transport-Tanker aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force.
In 2008, Astrium received an order to supply five ‘Maritime ASTIS’ wideband satellite communications terminals to the Royal Australian Navy. A range of Astrium satellites has recently been closely monitoring flooding in the Australian State of Queensland. Astrium is displaying an innovative airborne terminal – AirPatrol – at Avalon, designed to provide end users with a light-weight, high performance communications module capable of operating in the most demanding conditions. AirPatrol has been developed in response to the growing demand from military customers who are increasingly reliant on the secure transmission of video, multispectral and radar imagery, particularly from UAVs.
Cassidian’s portfolio ranges from air systems (aircraft and unmanned aerial systems) and land, naval and joint systems through intelligence and surveillance to cyber security and secure communications as well as test systems, missiles, services and support solutions. In Australia, it has supplied the Missile Launch Detection System (MILDS – AN/AAR 60) to protect military helicopters and wide-bodied aircraft against missile attacks.
Australian Aerospace Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Eurocopter. Created in 2003 through the merger of Eurocopter International Pacific Limited and Australian Aerospace Pty Ltd, the company has evolved into a major defence supplier to the Australian Government. With more than 1000 staff in Australia and New Zealand and access to the financial strength and expertise of Eurocopter and the EADS Group, the company is well-positioned to manufacture and support military and civil helicopters in the Australia-Pacific region. At its production facility on Brisbane Airport, Australian Aerospace currently is assembling and delivering 22 Tiger ARH armed reconnaissance helicopters to the Australian Army and 46 MRH90 multi-role helicopters to the Army and Navy. It is also bidding to equip the Navy with a new combat helicopter, the NH90 NFH NATO Frigate Helicopter.