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Boomeranger Boats of Finland has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Birdon Pty Ltd to collaborate on Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB) capabilities in Australia.
Boomeranger and Birdon have agreed to collaborate on the assembly, RHIB fitout as well as trials and acceptance for the OPV RHIBs in Australia. The companies are exploring the transfer of more work to Birdon for the RHIBs for OPVs in the future.
The MoU further specifies that Boomeranger and Birdon will work together on other RHIB and Sea Boat opportunities in the Australian region.
This agreement concludes almost a year of discussions between Boomeranger and Birdon and reflects Boomeranger’s commitment to Australian industry.
Boomeranger is a specialist manufacturer of advanced composite and aluminium marine vessels which it makes in its purpose-built factory in Finland. Birdon is a diversified engineering and services business offering innovative solutions to the military and marine industries. With its head office in Port Macquarie, NSW, Birdon has operations across Australia, as well as in the US, UK, Europe and Asia.
“One of the key benefits of the arrangement,” says Miika Tammi, CEO, Boomeranger Boats, “is the ability of Boomeranger to leverage Birdon’s Australia-wide capability to deliver and support the RHIBs according to the Royal Australian Navy’s specifications and requirements. We are looking to establish a RHIB Centre of Excellence (RCOE) which will provide support for the supply-chain management, assembly, testing, commissioning, and ongoing sustainment and maintenance of RHIBs”.
Mr Jamie Bruce, CEO of Birdon, says “Birdon is keen to support Boomeranger in this key program and bring Birdon’s expertise developed through our current work with the Australian Defence Force, the US Army, US Navy and US Coast Guard. We look forward to building and delivering real capability in the RCOE to provide and support RHIBs in the Australasian region”.
Boomeranger Boats Oy
Troolitie 12, FI-07910 Valko, Finland
Phone: +358 19 515805
Birdon Pty Ltd
4 Glen Ewan Road, Port Macquarie, New South Wales, 2444
Phone +612 6589 9100
Boomeranger Boats to supply sea boats for the SEA1180 Phase 1 Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) program
The Commonwealth of Australia has signed a contract today with Boomeranger Boats to supply the sea boats
for the Arafura Class OPVs.
Under the contract Boomeranger shall deliver two davit launched 8,5 meter Fast Rescue Boats and one 10,5 meter ramp-launched Special Operations Boat for each of the OPVs. Both boats are Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats
with inboard engines. In total the contract comprises 41 RHIBs to be delivered over a period of 10 years. The first delivery of sea boats will arrive to support acceptance of the first OPV in 2021.
As the primary role of the OPV will be to undertake constabulary missions, maritime patrol and response duties, the sea boats are a significant weapon system for the capability.
Both of the sea boats models are existing designs from earlier projects delivered by Boomeranger. The 10,5 meter sea boat is an enhanced variant of the ramp-launched RHIB of the original Luerssen OPV delivered to
the Royal Brunei Navy.
For more information, please contact:
Miika Tammi, CEO, Boomeranger Boats Oy, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 44 57 88 274