RUAG Australia receives first order for SPD unit

RUAG Australia has signed a contract with United States Company VRC Metal Systems to deliver a mobile Supersonic Particle Deposition (SPD) Unit for United States Navy trials in 2019.

The mobile unit is based on RUAG Australia’s Field Portable SPD Unit and will be used by the US Navy to deliver additive metal repairs on site.

RUAG Australia has been working with the SPD Technology (also known as Cold Spray) successfully for many years. The SPD technology is a key technology for cost and time optimized repair of structural components on aircraft.

Since 2015 under US collaborative programs, RUAG Australia has been working with US Defence sponsored partners to evaluate and assess the feasibility of enhancing the performance of the mobile SPD unit.

Together with VRC Metals Systems, supportability by incorporating elements of the US developed VRC Raptor cold spray system was analysed. The outcome of this collaboration was that the mobile system was viable and had performance equal to the larger fixed cold spray system.

Due to this success, VRC Metal Systems entered into a partnership with RUAG Australia to deliver a mobile SPD unit integrating elements of their ruggedized system United States Navy field trials.

In addition to the mobile SPD unit, RUAG Australia will also provide the operational and maintenance manuals as well as one month’s training to VRC Metal Systems employees in Rapid City, South Dakota.

RUAG Australia has been working closely with VRC Metal Systems for a number of years and is continuing to work with VRC Metal Systems to establish a long term relationship that will support the transfer of shared technology between parties and also provide a successful business outcome as SPD/Cold Spray applications continue to expand.