Published: October 8, 2020 | Updated: October 8, 2020

MD hails commissioning of landing aid system on Royal Australian Navy ship as “a milestone”

Testing of AGI’s visual landing aids system on HMAS Choules.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A Poole manufacturing company which exports to more than 50 countries has landed another success – literally.

Aeronautical & General Instruments Ltd (AGI) has had its visual landing aid system commissioned on a Royal Australian Navy ship.

A collaborative effort between the Royal Australian Navy Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Atlantic & Peninsula Australia, AGI and Owen International saw the delivery of the integrated digital system on HMAS Choules.

The 16,000 tonne Bay-Class landing ship is capable of carrying more than 300 troops.

She was built by Swan Hunter on Tyne & Wear and saw service with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary from 2006 to 2011 before being purchased by the Royal Australian Navy

Owen International, which supports and sustains AGI’s systems in Australia and New Zealand, commissioned the new AGI system and attended the first of class flight trials which were conducted off the east coast of Australia.

David Hyde, AGI’s Managing Director, pictured left, said: “This is a very significant achievement, a milestone in the continued growth of our sustainment capability with Owen International in the Asia Pacific region.

“The successful commissioning of the system by Owen has set a new benchmark in the development of AGI’s Australian industrial capability.

“Having a regional support hub and trained engineers allows us to perform an increasing amount of service, repair, overhaul, development and modification tasks in the country.

“These are essential tasks and services that could, until more recently, have only been carried out by AGI at our UK facility.”

Founded in 1915, AGI manufactures a wide range of instruments and systems for the defence and civil markets worldwide.

Its products are in use in more than 50 countries worldwide.

They are often harsh environments such as at sea, in the battlefield or at busy airport runways where reliable operation is essential.

All the design and manufacturing takes place in Poole.

AGI’s visual landing aids, which reduce pilot workload and increase operational capability, have become the choice of the world’s most advanced navies.