Australian College of Kuwait signs offset deal with Boeing

After purchasing 16 AH-64D helicopters, Kuwaiti's Minsitry of Finance signs a deal with Boeing to help test and develop aviation maintenance at the ACK.

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By  Laura Barnes Published  July 12, 2005

Boeing has signed an agreement with Kuwait’s Ministry of Finance to provide its offset program to the Kuwaiti-based AMAS Group of companies, which includes the Australian College of Kuwait (ACK). Boeing’s offering to offset is a result of Kuwait’s Ministry of Defence purchasing 16 Boeing AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters, becoming the 7th international defence force to select the AH-64D. “The ACK board of trustees is delighted to see the project with Boeing moving forward and we are confident that the equipment and technology transfer will enhance the learning opportunities offered at ACK,” said Abdullah Al Sharhan, chairman, ACK board of trustees. As part of the deal, Boeing will fund a project involving the provision of specialised aviation and engineering equipment, as well as advanced technology transfer to the ACK. This will support the aviation maintenance and electro-mechanical engineering programs offered by the college. “The Australian College of Kuwait has an outstanding new campus and offers a state of the art training facility,” said Marcus Hurley, Middle East vice president of Boeing’s business development — Boeing integrated defence systems. “We hope this agreement opens the door in providing students at the Australian College of Kuwait key skills to meet commercial and industry demands.” The college will use a 737-200 aircraft without engines, which will be used as a training platform for aviation maintenance programs; hydraulic, pneumatic and fuel test stands, vertical and knee milling machines, avionic test benches; electrical and hydraulic carts.

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