Qantas Defence Services

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

The subsidiary had been providing maintenance for Lockheed C-130 Hercules aircraft, as well as work on the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330 Multi Role Tanker Transports and also maintained both Prime Ministerial Boeing Business Jets.[2]

Qantas is providing increasing support for the 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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