MH-60R manufacturing (photo : worldnews)
08 March 2011 by DEFENSE STUDIES
Deal is contingent on Sikorsky securing a contract for the purchase of its MH-60R helicopters under the Australian Department of Defence’s Air 9000 Phase 8 program.
Quickstep Holdings Ltd. (North Coogee, Australia) reported on March 3 that it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Sikorsky International Operations Inc. (Stratford, Conn., USA), aimed at enabling Quickstep to become a recognised supplier to Sikorsky’s global supply chain. Initial focus for opportunities for Quickstep to participate in Sikorsky’s global supply chain will be on composite materials including, but not limited to, components for Sikorsky’s H60, S70 and CH-53K helicopters. The MOU is contingent on Sikorsky securing a contract for the purchase of its MH-60R helicopters under the Australian Department of Defence’s Air 9000 Phase 8 program. Sikorsky is one of two helicopter suppliers that have tendered for the program, which is the Australian Department of Defence’s acquisition program for a new navy tactical helicopter fleet. The contract is expected to be awarded in third quarter 2011. If Sikorsky is successful in winning this contract, the MOU is intended to lead to Quickstep becoming a participant in Sikorsky’s Australian Industry Participation Program. Under the terms of the MOU, the two companies will work together first to enable Quickstep to become a recognised supplier to Sikorsky’s global supply chain, and second to conduct joint development work aimed at preparing Quickstep’s patented composites manufacturing technology — the Quickstep Process — for use in Sikorsky supply chain work as the Quickstep Process demonstrates competitive advantage.
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