Australia selected for F-35 support work
Australia has been selected by the US government’s F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) to undertake component repair assignments for the Pacific region for the F-35 Lightning II aircraft programme.
BAE Systems Australia will be the lead provider of global sustainment services for life support components, and will play a key role across regional sustainment work across avionics and digital mission systems and electrical system components on the aircraft.
Australia’s selection as a significant repair hub covers the majority of component repair assignments for a variety of aircraft system components fitted to the F-35 for the Pacific region from 2025. It will also play an important role in global repairs from 2021 to 2025.
BAE Systems Australia’s role in supporting the aircraft will lead to the creation of more than 200 high-technology jobs to service the F-35 during its 30 years of service.
BAE Systems Australia chief executive, Glynn Phillips, said: ‘The Commonwealth government’s advocacy for Australian industry has played a key role in securing this significant high-technology work. The decision is a vote of confidence in the capability of Australian industry and testament to the expertise and readiness of BAE Systems Australia and our teaming partners.’
In February 2015, the US government assigned BAE Systems Australia F-35 Regional Airframe sustainment work for the South Pacific.
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