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July 19, 2012
FOUR C-130H Hercules will trans-
fer from Australia to Indonesia from next
year, after the signing of a Memorandum of
CDF GEN David Hurley and Secretary
General of the Indonesian Ministry of Defence
AIRMSHL Eris Herryanto signed the MOU
on July 2 during the second annual Indonesia
Australia Leaders' Meeting in Darwin.
The signing followed Prime Minister Julia
Gillard's November 2011 offer to Indonesian
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to
transfer the aircraft to Indonesia.
The C-130 heavy lift transport aircraft
will contribute to Indonesia's capacity to
respond to natural disasters and humanitarian
Indonesia will fund refurbishment and
ongoing maintenance costs associated with
Commander Air Lift Group AIRCDRE
Gary Martin said he looked forward to seeing
the aircraft in their Indonesian livery dur-
ing future exercises with the Indonesian Air
"It is in Australia's interest to see
Indonesia equipped with a strong and effec-
tive air mobility fleet which can respond to
events within the region," AIRCDRE Martin
"Much like Australia, Indonesia relies on
a fleet of transport aircraft to reach remote
communities quickly -- in their case, spread
over the world's largest archipelago nation.
"Transfer of these aircraft will further
increase the close ties we've fostered with
our counterparts in the TNI-AU."
Indonesia already operates a fleet which
includes C-130Bs and C-130Hs, as well as
the stretched L-100 Hercules.
Australia and Indonesia share a proud his-
tory with the C-130 as the two oldest foreign
operators of the venerable US-produced trans-
port. Australia's first C-130 was delivered in
1958 and Indonesia followed suit in 1960.
Both countries' Hercules routinely work
alongside each other during the Rajawali
Ausindo series of exercises, as well as on
humanitarian assistance operations.
AVIATION maintenance company StandardAero Limited
will continue supporting the propulsions system that
powers Air Force's fleet of C-130J Hercules following a
12-month contract extension.
The Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO) awarded
the contract extension on June 27 at RAAF Base
This follows a five-year contract with StandardAero
Limited during which the company has provided engi-
neering and maintenance support to the C-130J propul-
Each C-130J is powered by four AE2100D3 turbo-
props, with each engine driving a six-blade scimitar
The engine produces 4600 shaft horsepower, and
delivers greater performance than earlier C-130 Hercules
StandardAero is responsible for depot level mainte-
nance and engineering support of the C-130J propulsion
system, which allows Air Force technicians to concen-
trate on frontline maintenance.
StandardAero Limited has worked throughout the
contract to improve reliability, reduce costs and improve
Collaboration between Defence and industry
since 2009 has seen dramatic improvements to the
AE2100D3's reliability in Air Force service.
DMO's Air Lift Systems Program Office (ALSPO)
formed a Propulsions 'Tiger Team' that worked with
StandardAero Limited, along with Air Force and Rolls
Royce, to address engine reliability and develop resolu-
tions because of a spate of in-flight incidents requiring
aircrews to shut down an engine.
SQNLDR Phil Mackie, of ALSPO, said the team
worked tirelessly to develop a solution.
"Engine reliability has now significantly improved to
where the current average engine time between removals
has exceeded 2400 engine hours," he said.
WE'RE IN IT
at the MOU
Photo: SGT Shane
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