Ferra, LMI Join MH-60R Team
Lockheed Martin delivers on commitment to support Australian industry with Ferra selection to build Romeo shipsets
Lockheed Martin selected Australia’s Ferra Engineering and Missouri’s LMI to build 120 shipsets for the MH-60R maritime helicopter. The two companies will split the MH-60R work worth an anticipated value of approximately $12 million (US).
In January 2011, Lockheed Martin signed a Global Supply Chain (GSC) Deed with Australia’s Department of Defence, promising to identify business opportunities for Australian companies. This week, Lockheed Martin made good on that commitment, selecting Ferra Engineering of Queensland, Australia, as one of two companies to build 120 shipsets for the MH-60R maritime helicopter, known as the Romeo.
Ferra and LMI Aerospace of Missouri will split the MH-60R work worth an anticipated value of approximately US$12 million. The shipsets include weapons pylons for the Romeos’ left and right sides and mission kit assemblies.
“Lockheed Martin is committed to promoting a strong Australian industrial base,” said Dan Spoor, vice president of aviation systems for Lockheed Martin’s Mission Systems & Sensors. “This agreement positions Ferra and LMI to perform work not only for the MH-60R helicopters being built for Australia, but also for existing and future Romeos as well. It gives Ferra and Australia an opportunity to show the rest of the world just how good their aerospace industry is.”
Last June, Australia announced its plans to purchase 24 MH-60Rs from the U.S. Navy to replace 16 existing S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopters in operation since the late 1980s. The first two Romeos are scheduled for delivery in December 2013. Lockheed Martin performs the mission package integration work on the MH-60R, while Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation builds the airframe.
Ferra specializes in the design, manufacture, assembly and test of aerospace structures and sub-systems for Australian and international defense and aerospace companies. It has developed high speed machining processes for aerospace materials and is also working with Lockheed Martin on the F-35 Lightning II 5th Generation multirole fighter.
Founded in 1948, LMI Aerospace fabricates, machines, finishes and integrates formed, close tolerance aluminum and specialty alloy components and sheet metal products primarily for large commercial, corporate and military aircraft.
Under the GSC Deed, Lockheed Martin will continue working to establish long-term partnerships with Australian companies so they can compete for subcontracts on a full range of the company’s products and services.