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TAE Aerospace completes first F135​ engine repair

25th February 2020 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Australia’s TAE Aerospace has completed its first repair of the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine fan module for the F-35 Lightning II fighter aircraft.

This marks the first time depot maintenance has been completed on an F135 engine module outside of the US.

TAE Aerospace was appointed as the Asia-Pacific Region’s F135 Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) depot provider in 2015. Under this arrangement, the company has developed an MRO&U facility, technical workforce and test facility that has the capacity to sustain the F135 engine for the Royal Australian Air Force and other F-35 operators in the region.

In December 2019 construction of a new 15,000 sqm Turbine Engine Maintenance Facility was completed, designed to support the F135, F404, F414 and AGT1500 engines.

Completion of the first F135 fan module is an important step toward achieving Initial Depot Capability and regularly delivering modules to the F-35 Global Support Solution. The next step includes completing qualification on the F135 power module in late 2020 and getting into full production at the new facility.

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