SEPANG, June 10 (Bernama) -- Airbus subsidiary Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE) has opened Malaysia’s first smart workshop on the repair of aircraft nose radomes, aiming to undertake some 200 radome repairs this year.
The smart radome workshop is an initiative of the Aerospace Malaysia Innovation Centre, of which Airbus is a founding partner, and supported by the International Trade and Industry Ministry under the 11th Malaysia Plan.
SAE chief executive officer Raymond Lim said by using smart technologies and digitalisation, it could increase efficiency at SAE and provide more value for customers by reducing aircraft downtime up to 40 per cent.
SAE specialises in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of commercial aircraft, engines and components.
"This is part of several ongoing efforts that Airbus has undertaken in Malaysia that have the potential to transform the maintenance, repair and overhaul sector.
"We undertook 170-180 radome repairs last year and with the increase of smart radome processors we put in place, we see to some 200 radome repairs this year," Lim told the media after attending the opening of smart radome workshop by Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari here today.
An aircraft radome covers the nose of the aircraft where it protects antenna installed in the nose from airflow, rain, hail, lightning and bird strikes.
Key transmissions systems located within the radome include weather detection radar and instrument landing systems.
Meanwhile, Amirudin said the state government had a clear policy on the aerospace industry with the implementation of the Selangor Aerospace Council to expand the aerospace industry in the state.
"We have a complete ecosystem of the aerospace industry in Selangor. That is why we chose the aerospace industry as one of the clusters for investment strategy in our investment blueprint since 2015," he said.