Airflite has been awarded a contract for delivery of Aeronautical Life Support Equipment (ALSE) to be used in aircrafts and helicopters that will operate across the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
After a competitive tender process, Airflite Pty Ltd was awarded a contract covering the whole ALSE life-cycle. This will encompass design, development, production, operation, maintenance, and disposal.
The $16 million contract is expected to provide technical services to ensure the readiness of critical ALSE to support all ADF aviators.
“This will allow Defence to establish an ALSE enterprise that delivers best practice and high-performance capability to a growing number of complex aviation platforms for the ADF,” Air Vice-Marshal Graham Edwards said.
He added: “This approach will give the Australian defense industry the opportunity to grow and respond to Defence’s capability needs as required.”
ALSE includes helmets and oxygen masks, inflatable life rafts and vests, load carriage and restraint harnesses, flares, radios and signalling devices for post evacuation survival and night vision devices.
Airflite will establish a new facility in Moorabbin, Victoria while leveraging additional support from their current facility in Perth, Western Australia. This contract will also support the hiring of new personnel based in Moorabbin, Victoria.