Amphibian Aerospace Industries partners with Japanese manufacturer

Amphibian

Amphibian Aerospace Industries (AAI), a manufacturer based in the Northern Territory, has partnered with a Japanese amphibious aircraft manufacturer, ShinMaywa on new projects. 

“Today’s signing here in Japan is a big deal for the Territory and for Australia – we will be building amphibious aircraft that will be exported to the rest of the world by the end of the decade,” NT chief minister Natasha Fyles said. 

“This exciting venture will create hundreds of jobs and upskilling opportunities for Territorians, while also injecting millions into our economy.” 

ShinMaywa manufactures the US-2 amphibious aircraft in Japan and are one of the few manufacturers globally of an amphibian aircraft. It has advanced knowledge in areas such as water landing safety, bird strike hardening and anti-corrosion, as well as significant engineering and manufacturing capabilities. 

The NT will become Australia’s first manufacturer and exporter of the iconic Albatross G-111T, an amphibious aircraft which can take off and touch down from land, snow, ice and water. 

“AAI would also like to recognise ShinMaywa as a world leader in Amphibious Aircraft. We are looking forward to cooperating with them as we grow our capabilities to manufacture the G-111T in the Northern Territory,” Amphibian Aircraft Holdings Group chairman Khoa Hoang said. 

“The G-111T will bring a much-needed transport capability to many countries to help in moving people, medical supplies, goods and services to remote and isolated communities.” 

The NT government is investing up to $10 million into Amphibian Aircraft Holdings Pty Ltd (AAH) through the Local Jobs Fund, to build upgraded versions of the Albatross amphibious aircraft in Darwin. This includes an agreement between AAH and global engine manufacturers Pratt & Whitney Canada. 

Once established in the NT, AAI will generate extensive value to the NT economy. The company forecasts an annual revenue of over $100 million by the end of the decade. 

“This investment is building a brand-new industry for the nation right here in Darwin,” Fyles said. “Both AAI and ShinMaywa will work together to make the Territory an Amphibian Aircraft manufacturing hub.” 

The Albatross has a long and distinguished history but has not been commercially manufactured since the 1960s. It is a highly regarded aircraft and evidence through market studies have demonstrated that there is a strong demand for it to fill an identified gap in the global aviation market. 

This will be an exciting opportunity to build a new industry together with its associated supply chain which will create flow-on benefits for jobs, education and the economy in the NT.