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[*] posted on 23-3-2018 at 06:44 PM
RUAG, Switzerland


RUAG's New Structure for the Unbundling of Activities

(Source: Swiss Federal Armaments Office, armasuisse; issued March 21, 2018)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)

BERN --- Meeting on March 21, 2018, the Federal Council discussed the links between the Confederation and the technology and weapons company RUAG Holding AG. In agreement with RUAG's Board of Directors, business units working exclusively for the Swiss Army will be brought together in a new group that will be separated from the rest of RUAG. This procedure will also separate their computer systems.

The Federal Council wants to restructure the interfaces between the Confederation and RUAG in order to increase IT security, and to ensure that the services provided to the Swiss Army are optimal in terms of robustness, transparency and cost.

Moreover, the dissociation of RUAG activities planned by the Federal Council will be implemented without hindering the realization of the aim set in the law, namely to ensure the equipment of the Swiss Army.

Two business areas and separate IT infrastructures

Concretely, the Federal Council wants a new structure of RUAG units that provide, like a competence center for equipment, services to the Swiss Army to the tune of 400 million francs per year. It is above all a service of monitoring and maintenance of the systems of the army. Mainly provided within the two divisions RUAG Aviation and RUAG Defense, these services will be joined in a new group (provisional name: RUAG Switzerland). This new group will therefore be separated from other RUAG units conducting international civil and military affairs at the international level (provisional name: RUAG International).

According to the Federal Council, this reorganization will continue to benefit from the synergies between the DDPS and RUAG and execute their mandates effectively. In addition, the separation will have the effect of increasing computer security, because the IT systems of RUAG Switzerland and RUAG International will be completely separate.

Implementation by 2020

In accordance with the decision of the Federal Council, the Board of Directors of RUAG Holding SA will have to implement the separation of the company's activities, which will be split between RUAG Switzerland and RUAG International, with effect from 1 January 2020. As a first step, the board of directors will need to develop a comprehensive concept for implementing business unbundling, taking into account aspects related to IT security and governance.

This concept will also have various development variants of RUAG Switzerland and RUAG International. Since it will still be necessary to answer various questions that directly concern the DDPS and the army as part of this restructuring, the board of directors will have to carry out this work in accordance with the DDPS and the FDF, which represent the shareholders. It will also be necessary to examine in detail the compliance, legal form and structure of the two areas.

Report on the achievement of the RUAG objectives

At its meeting of March 21, 2018, the Federal Council also took note of the annual report of RUAG Holding SA's Board of Directors. During the year under review, RUAG has generally achieved the strategic objectives set by the Federal Council for the period 2016-2019.

Nevertheless, the Federal Council expects from RUAG an increase in productivity over the next few years. In 2017, the group stepped up its commitment to corporate responsibility through various activities. Compliance has been strengthened through the creation of an autonomous organizational unit and the launch of the Integrity @ RUAG project, which will last several years. In addition, RUAG has published a new code of conduct.

The annual results will be communicated by the group management on March 23, 2018.

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[*] posted on 18-12-2018 at 09:02 PM


RUAG Australia collaborates with local agencies on additive manufacturing

Jon Grevatt, Bangkok - Jane's Defence Weekly

18 December 2018

The Australian subsidiary of Swiss defence group RUAG is collaborating with local research institutes to develop technologies in support of advanced maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) techniques for military aircraft.

RUAG Australia said in a press release on 14 December that the two-year project is focused on exploring the use of laser metal deposition (LMD) production technologies for “faster and more cost-effective” aircraft repairs. LMD is described as an “additive manufacturing process akin to 3D production technology”.

RUAG Australia said the collaborative effort – which also includes the Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre (IMCRC) in Melbourne and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) – will use LMD technology to manufacture spare parts from steel and titanium.

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[*] posted on 21-3-2019 at 09:00 AM


RUAG unbundling plans take shape

Charles Forrester, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

20 March 2019

The Swiss government has crystallised its plans for the future of defence firm RUAG, following a meeting of the country’s Federal Council.

Under plans submitted by RUAG and approved by the government, RUAG Holdings will be split into two organisations: MRO Switzerland and RUAG International. This division is to become effective on 1 January 2020. The two businesses will operate completely independently of each other, which will include IT, legal, and administration systems.

MRO Switzerland will comprise approximately 2,500 staff and will perform the work that RUAG undertook for the Swiss armed forces, ranging from cyber security to maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) of equipment including fighter aircraft and helicopters.

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RUAG Australia and Honeywell Solidify Continued Collaboration

(Source: RUAG; issued April 30, 2019)

RUAG Australia has been awarded full patent rights in Australia, Europe and the United States for its Methods for Treating Aircraft Structures. This patent relates to the use of Supersonic Particle Deposition (SPD) as an alternative aircraft component repair technology to save the time and costs associated with traditional repair techniques or part replacement. SPD repair capabilities significantly improve aircraft and component return-to-service times.

Continuing the ASC partnership agreement with original equipment manufacturer (OEM), Honeywell, allows RUAG Australia access to an extensive list of additional platforms and components on aircraft belonging to the Australian Defence Force. Accordingly, RUAG is set to provide component level maintenance and repair services for Honeywell aeronautical, mechanical, engine accessories and environmental control system (ECS) equipment on the following aircraft: Boeing platforms, the 737 Wedgetail and the F/A-18F Super Hornet, and the Leonardo C-27J.

This represents a significant addition to existing RUAG capabilities. Independently, RUAG Australia already commands a trusted reputation within the Australian Defence Industry, serving as an in-country component MRO partner to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), for military platforms including the F/A-18, and is also now assigned as an MRO competence center for a number of F-35 components for Australia as well as the Asia region. This latest assignment includes key systems from Honeywell.

The extended agreement further strengthens RUAG as a Honeywell Channel Partner for Honeywell component-level MRO services on defence and civil aircraft throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The broader industry positioning and wider regional reach has increased demands on existing capacities. As a result, RUAG Australia facilities at Airport West and Amberley have already ramped-up processes to accommodate these additional support services and lines.

"Ensuring maximum support for the sustainment and availability of the Australian Defence Force fleet is our priority, states Terry Miles, General Manager, RUAG Australia. At the same time, we are committed to developing deeper relationships with Honeywell, platform stewards and other significant OEMs to ensure maximum Australian content in support of the Australian Defence Force, he adds.

Growing our business on the basis of multi-year OEM contracts clearly emphasizes successes we continue to achieve. This proves our competencies in current technologies and platforms, as well as for development-phase technologies and their subsequent aircraft platforms," asserts Stephan Jezler, Senior Vice President Aviation International, RUAG MRO International. He continues, Particularly, OEM agreements reinforce our position as a long-term and certified technology partner, both within Australia and across the wider region.

RUAG Australia has built its engineering expertise and reputation on the provision of maintenance and repair capability and additive repair technologies on the F/A-18A/B aircraft leading to recent awards of F-35 sustainment assignments. RUAG Australia maintains and operates a fixed and mobile SPD capability, as well as a fixed LAD capability, and is a DASA 145, EASA 145, CASA 145 approved organization.

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[*] posted on 13-7-2019 at 05:47 PM


RUAG Australia Unveils New Capability for its Accredited Surface Finishing Facility for High-Specification / High-Standard Delivery

(Source: RUAG Australia; issued July 11, 2019)

RUAG Australia inaugurates its new, state-of-the art paint booth facility at its Wingfield, South Australia, Surface Finishing Centre. A new capability, the high standard paint booth offers reliable, durable and...

Specifically designed in consultation with leading industry specialist, Lowbake, and approved by aerospace and defense global supply chain industry partners, the new aerospace and defence paint booth expands and upgrades the capabilities available at the Wingfield Surface Finishing Centre. Enhanced processes and integrated capabilities include masking, value-add workshop, paint booth, drying facility, and non-destructive testing (NDT).

The full high-specification / high-standard facility is engineered to ensure faster, high-precision finishing solutions for the application of aerospace paints, including waterborne epoxy and polyurethane, and fuel tank coatings, with improved and defined curing efficiency. The facility also features additional capabilities for curing fuel cell coatings.

We understand the customers need for fast turnaround times, conformity, affordability and reliability. This new surface finishing facility allows us to meet the rapidly increasing demand to support both industry diversification as well as our participation in highly demanding programs, such as the F35, states Terry Miles, General Manager, RUAG Australia. Specifically designed to solidify our strong position within the industry for aerospace surface finishing, the accredited Wingfield Surface Finishing Centre is also a second source service-provider, providing the Australian Defence and aerospace industry with the necessary alternative supply chain solution for surface finishing, adds Terry Miles.

The fully automated processing line ensures prompt processing times, especially as it allows the finishing process to operate in all ambient weather conditions. Features of the paint and curing complex include a minimal contamination design, 10 micron minimum inlet filtration, full downdraught configuration and 1200 lux light, a minimum part surface requirement. The new surface finishing ovens are capable of controlling temperature and humidity, to conform with stringent F35 requirements, of operating between 40-64C at 20 5%, and of maintaining temperature uniformity at 5C for extended periods of up to 36 hours.

The needs and demands of the aerospace industry are evolving as technology becomes more advanced and we have a strong drive to keep pace with these advancements. The creation of the Surface Finishing facilities, now with value-add workshop and fuel-cell capability, is proof of how we responded to our customers needs with services that support their requirements more effectively, reliably and in a sustainable manner, confirms Stephan Jezler, Vice President Aviation International, RUAG MRO International.

RUAG MRO International is an independent supplier, support provider and integrator of systems and components for civil and military aviation worldwide. In addition, as the manufacturer (OEM) of the Dornier 228, a versatile aircraft for special missions as well as passenger and cargo operations, RUAG focuses on customer support solutions, including OEM services.

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