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ADI Wins RAAF Tanker Work (Mar. 16)

ADI has been contracted to design and produce the military avionics system (MAS) integration rig for the Royal Australian Air Force's multi role tanker transport project.

The role of the rig is to prove on the ground the air-to-air refuelling tankers' MAS. ADI will also use the rig to provide through life support for the five aircraft.

ADI has been sub contracted by its joint owner Thales which is providing the MAS for the tankers. Prime contractor, major European defence group, EADS, is supplying the multi role tanker transport solutions based on the Airbus A330-200 aircraft to the RAAF for the project.

ADI will complete the design and build the rig in Sydney. It will include an internal communications system developed by Thales (UK).

The rig will be transported to France early next year to support system integration on the aircraft. The flight testing of the first of the tankers is due for completion in first quarter 2008.

ADI's contract follows its successful involvement in the Australian Army's Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopter project.

The company has completed the key role of customising the helicopters' mission control system and software. The task saw the primary airborne computers that manage Tiger's avionics, communications, weapons and visual systems adapted to meet Australian operating conditions.

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