Headquartered in Ararat, in western Victoria, AME Systems has achieved the stringent certification to produce wire harnesses for Northrop Grumman's MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system (UAS).

AME Systems is now a key Northrop Grumman supplier of cabling and wiring harnesses associated with the MQ-4C Triton program for the Royal Australian Air Force.

“AME Systems is extremely proud to be partnering with Northrop Grumman,” said Nick Carthew, Managing Director of AME Systems.

With the US Navy’s planned program of record for 68 operational Tritons and the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF)’s planned acquisition of six to seven Tritons, the opportunities for AME Systems are significant.

AME Systems’ enhancement of production capabilities has been further strengthened by being awarded Northrop Grumman’s harness manufacturing certification. AME Systems is now one of only three companies globally certified to this level of manufacturing, positioning AME Systems to potentially supply a new level of technology to Northrop Grumman and the broader Australian defence industry.

“Growth of Australian industry content within our programs is one of Northrop Grumman’s top priorities,” said Chris Deeble, Chief Executive of Northrop Grumman Australia. “AME joins a growing number of Australian companies supplying components for the Triton system and we look forward to delivering the first Australian Triton, built with Australian-made components, in 2023.”

AME Systems received certification to begin manufacturing wire harnesses for Tritons in January and delivered the first batch in February. The harnesses will be used in the production of both RAAF and US Navy Tritons.