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BAE Systems Australia was recently assigned
responsibility for regional maintenance, repair, overhaul
and upgrade for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter airframe.
The company will provide airframe maintenance,
repair, overhaul and upgrade
services for the global F-35 fleet in the Southern
Pacific region from the BAE
Systems Australia Williamtown facility, NSW. The
company also provides advanced
manufactured components for the F-35 program.
Orders placed by customers are
valued at around AU$469 million and potentially
result in over 30 years of work.
Parts production at BAE Systems Edinburgh Parks
in South Australia is well and truly underway. The
company has been delivering small and medium
components to be incorporated into the vertical tails
for the F-35 aircraft since 2009.
Last year, it delivered its first large components
and production is steadily increasing. In 2015, BAE
Systems Australia expects to deliver 1300 titanium
parts, 40% more than last year. Around 300 titanium
parts have already been produced this year.
The company’s investment may lead to new
opportunities in Defence and commercial aviation.
BAE Systems and the global F-35 program
The global F-35 program is the largest and most
advanced military aircraft program in the world.
More than 3000 Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II
(Joint Strike Fighters) will be produced by 2030 for
a number of countries, including Australia.
From 2018, BAE Systems Australia’s Aerospace
business unit will provide a heavy airframe
maintenance repair, overhaul and upgrade capability
for the global F-35 fleet in the Southern Pacific
BAE Systems Australia’s Land & Integrated Systems
business unit also provides advanced manufactured
components for the program. Combined, orders
placed by our customers (Marand, BAE Systems
Plc (UK) and Northrop Grumman) potentially result
in over 30 years of work, valued around AU$469
BAE Systems Plc is the manufacturer of the F-35
aft fuselage, vertical and horizontal tails and wing
tips. The Company also has responsibility for the
fuel system, crew escape, life support, prognostics
health management integration and UK aircraft carrier
Airframe regional depot provider
Work as the Southern Pacific airframe regional
depot provider – for maintenance, repair, overhaul and
upgrade – for the global F-35 fleet will be completed
at the BAE Systems Australia Williamtown facility in
NSW. BAE Systems is delighted to be assigned this
substantial scope of work, reinforcing its proven fast jet
BAE Systems Australia employs a workforce of
over 175 people to provide deeper maintenance,
engineering, logistics and training systems support of
the RAAF’s Hawk MK 127 Lead-In Fighter fleet. The
company is committed to maximising Australian
industry involvement and will also actively engage with
small to medium sized enterprises who have worked
with the Australian Government through the JSF
Australian Industry Involvement Program.
BAE Systems Australia has supported the nation’s
frontline fighter jets for more than 15 years. This
experience, the great work of our people, our
commitment to continuous improvement and the
significant savings we have delivered to the ADF in
that time have secured this important assignment. The
company is well positioned to play a significant role in
global, regional and sovereign F-35 support for many
decades to come.
JSF enterprise architecture model
BAE Systems is supporting the Joint Strike
Fighter Division in developing an architecture model
for integrating the F-35 weapon system into the
Australian Defence Force. This identifies key areas
for F-35 integration into the Australian Defence
environment and helps define the processes and
information needed to ensure the F-35 achieves
maximum operational effectiveness when integrated
with existing ADF systems.
BAE Systems is also responsible for the
development, integration and production of corrosion
sensors on the F-35; an integral part of the Corrosion
Management System for the aircraft.
The F-35 family of aircraft has three variants. BAE
Systems produces parts for the F-35A variant,
also referred to as the “Conventional Take-Off and
BAE Systems UK has an Industrial Participation
Requirement to source the production and assembly
of 722 vertical tail fin ship sets for the CTOL variant
BAE Systems Australia manufactures the titanium
elements of the vertical tail and Marand completes
the major unit assembly in Melbourne. BAE Systems
Australia also produces additional components for
BAE Systems UK. RUAG Engineering treat, paint
and mark these parts from its Wingfield SA facility.
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An F-35 Lightning II endures freezing temperatures in the 96th Test Wing's
McKinley Climatic Laboratory Jan. 27, 2015, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The joint
strike fighter has undergone four months of climate testing in the lab to certify the
fleet to deploy to any corner of the world. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
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