Qantas Defence Services

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Qantas Defence Services is a defence service company that was formerly a wholly owned subsidiary of Qantas Airways. In August 2013, QDS was sold to Northrop Grumman for A$80m.[1]

The subsidiary had been providing maintenance for Hercules aircraft, as well as work on the RAAF A330 MRTTs or Multi Role Tanker transports and also maintained both Prime Ministerial Boeing BBJs.[2]

Qantas is providing increasing support for the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF):

  • Partnered with EADS for the supply of Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transport to replace the RAAF's Boeing 707s in the aerial refueling and strategic transport roles
  • Lease to RAAF of 2 Boeing Business Jets, including maintenance
  • Support of RAAF Boeing Wedgetail aircraft
  • Repair, Overhaul and Engineering Support of the T-56 Turboprop Engine (powering the RAAF Fleet of C-130H and P-3C Aircraft)
  • Repair and Overhaul of the Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Adour Mk 871-05 Turbofan Engine (powering the RAAF Fleet of BAE Hawks)
  • Deeper Level maintenance support of the RAAF's fleet of C-130 Hercules transport aircraft
  • Maintenance and Engineering support of the RAAF's fleet of P&W R2000-7M2 engines installed on Caribou transport aircraft.


  1. ^ "Qantas announces sale of QDS to Northrop Grumman Australia". Australian Aviation Magazine. August 29, 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Qantas completes disposal of Australian defence services unit –". Retrieved 2016-02-25. 

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