AGI news release 3 Owen International are pleased to announce the successful commissioning of the new Visual Landing Aid System onboard HMAS Choules, the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Bay Class Landing Ship Dock (LSD).

A collaborative effort between the Royal Australian Navy Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG), Atlantic & Peninsula Australia (A&P), AGI and Owen International saw the delivery of an integrated digital system of advanced visual cues, with the capacity of being seamlessly upgraded to support UAV systems in the future.

Owen International, who support and sustain AGI’s systems in Australia and New Zealand, commissioned the new Visual Landing Aid System and attended the First of Class Flight Trials which were conducted off the east coast of Australia by the RAN’s Aircraft Maintenance and Flight Trials Unit (AMAFTU).  

AGI Managing Director, David Hyde commented: “this is a very significant achievement, a milestone in the continued growth of our sustainment capability with Owen International in the Asia Pacific region. The successful commissioning of the system by Owen has set a new benchmark in the development of AGI`s Australian Industrial capability”.

Reducing pilot workload and increasing operational capability, AGI’s Visual Landing Aids are the choice of the worlds most advanced navies. The core product offering which includes an Advanced Glide Slope Indicator (ASGSI), latest generation Stabilised Horizon Reference System (SHRS) and DeckfinderTM Ready Combination Deck Lights provides greater awareness of vessel position and motion with advanced visual cues.

As the global capability for supporting the operation of Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs) progresses, the system can be seamlessly upgraded to incorporate automated UAV landing features.

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M50 Mask

Avon Rubber is pleased to announce that Avon Protection has been awarded a 10-year contract by the NATO Support & Procurement Agency to supply FM50 mask systems, powered and supplied air systems, filters, spare parts and accessories.

Avon Protection anticipates receiving the first order under this contract shortly, with initial deliveries contributing to our expected Rest of World Military revenues for the 2021 financial year.

Commenting, Paul McDonald, Chief Executive Officer, said:

“I am delighted that Avon Protection’s world leading expertise in respiratory protection has been recognised by NATO through this contract award.

This contract award reflects continued delivery of our strategy to further broaden our customer base and maximise the value from our current portfolio.

We are looking forward to partnering closely with this valued customer and supporting the wider NATO alliance.”


Ensign-Bickford Aerospace & Defense Company (EBAD) has been awarded a new contract with the U.S. Army to manufacture the man-portable Anti-Personnel Obstacle Breaching System (APOBS).  The initial delivery order contract for $21.5 Million is for the first year’s APOBS deliveries, with follow-on options for up to $320 Million.  The systems will be manufactured at EBAD’s Graham, KY facility.


The next generation of landing craft for the French Navy (Marine Nationale) known as EDA-S are taking shape at Socarenam shipyard in St Malo (Brittany) with CNIM acting as the main contractor.

 AUDS Chess is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a €7.5 million contract for their AirGuard  Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems (C-AUS) for air base and critical infrastructure protection for an international customer.