REELING IN DEFENCE
When you think of SME’s, they don’t come any smaller than Ruslyn Holdings Pty Ltd.
Established in Sydney in 1989, Ruslyn is a family owned company employing just four people.
The company has been working as a Defence Recognised Supplier since 2005.
With Projected ramp-up in DMO procurement activity over the next 10 to 15 years, Ruslyn is
typical of enterprises that may play a larger part in supplying to DMO during replacement or update
to a huge part of the ADF’s capabilities.
Being a small personalised company, the staff who run the company know everything about their
products, and are involved across the board in assembly, packing and distribution. It also enables
them to maintain a high quality product, right through from research and development, to
manufacturing, to production.
Ruslyn are able to maintain an up close and personal relationship with Defence and DMO and use
this to their advantage by corresponding personally with numerous areas in Defence to promote
awareness of their company and products.
The company’s mission is to supply high quality Mil spec, ergonomic, hand held reeling devices to
Worldwide Defence, Emergency Services, Aerospace, Mining, Maritime, Broadcast, Energy,
Geophysics and other industries.
They are responsible for the manufacture and distribution of the Ruslyn Cordwheel primarily to
Defence and Emergency Services. The reel is used by Army, Navy and Air Force in Signals,
Battlespace Communications, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Clearance Diving, Special Operations
and Aerospace. It is currently being used in the Middle East.
The Ruslyn Cordwheel is an ergonomic hand held, compact, Lightweight (785 grams), rugged and
stackable reeling device for the efficient handing and storage of cable, rope, hose, wire, chain and
The reel is UV stabalised and recyclable impact resistant polypropylene spool and plastic handle.
Cable can be collected or reeled out quickly and efficiently allowing tangle free safe handling and
Ruslyn Cordwheels are able to be stacked vertically or on their sides for easy storage. The reel is a
simple and easy to deploy reelinf device with potential for many mor applications. It has been
introduced into service and is open to the rest of the deployable defence community.
Current customers of the reel are Defence Materiel Organisation, Rural Fire Service, State
Emergency Service and Police and Rescue.
The targets for Ruslyn Holdings at present are the Australian Defence Force and Emergency
Services, as well as NATO member countries including United States Department of Defense, and
the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence. Recently the company has been listed as a supplier to the
New Zealand Defence Force, with the first shipment of reels being sent early November.
One of the many uses for the Ruslyn Cordwheel in Battlespace Communications for WD-1TT
cable, optical fibre and cat cable
Further information is available on the Defence page