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$2.13million contract to South Windsor maker of lightweight armour for RAAF Hercules cargo planes

Feb 9, 2022

Four new jobs have been created at South Windsor’s Aerospace & Mechanical Consulting Engineers (AMCE) thanks to a $2.13m Federal government contract to continue development of a unique lightweight armour for the RAAF’s C-130J Hercules airlifter aircraft – pictured above.


Hercules aircraft are based at RAAF Richmond and do the heavy lifting for Australia’s defence forces.


The contract with Argyle Street-based AMCE, in partnership with fellow NSW company Armor Composite Engineering, will use a cutting-edge amour solution to provide the in-service aircraft with stronger protection.


The innovation could reduce aircraft fatigue and the risk of injury to Australian Defence Force personnel, says Defence.


The Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price, said the Government’s investment had created jobs at both companies and was further evidence of the government’s determination to back defence industry to supply the ADF with the very best capability.


“This contract will strengthen ADF capabilities and provide an opportunity to maximise Australian industry participation,” Minister Price said.


“By investing in the innovative ideas of Australian small and medium businesses, we are delivering more opportunities for those businesses to participate in Defence projects and directly contribute to ADF capability.


“The Morrison Government is committed to supporting innovative small businesses within the Australian defence industry to develop technologies that present opportunities for Defence and for international export markets,” she said.


Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Marise Payne, said the contract was a vote of confidence in local capabilities.


“The awarding of this contract shows that Hawkesbury businesses are more than capable of competing in this highly specialised field,” Senator Payne said.


AMCE director, John Eldridge, said the contract was an opportunity for the small business to export the armour solution to Australia’s allies and grow its workforce.

“To support this contract, we’ve employed an additional four engineering staff and Armor Composite Engineering has increased its manufacturing staff by two, with a further two staff to be employed in the next 12 months,” Mr Eldridge said.


Industry and research organisations can submit innovation proposals through the Defence Innovation Portal at:


Picture taken by Sgt Peter Borys, courtesy of RAAF.


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