The Joint Strike Fighter.
The Joint Strike Fighter. US Department of Defence

Ipswich company to maintain engines for JSF and battle tanks

IPSWICH-based engineering company TAE is flying high after announcing two major contracts to maintain engines.

TAE - Tasman Aviation Enterprises - won the regional contract to maintain engines for the Joint Strike Fighter and also the engines that power the Australian Army's Abrams main battle tank.

Among others, TAE already looks after the engines for the F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet.

Adding the F135 would position TAE as the leader in this sector in the Asia-Pacific region, TAE chief executive Andrew Sanderson said.

TAE has also signed a contract with the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) to provide program management, deeper maintenance, engineering and supply support for the Honeywell AGT1500 engine that powers the Australian Army's M1A1 Abrams main battle tank.

For more details see tomorrow's Queensland Times.