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TAE Aerospace to establish TEMF facility in Queensland

31st August 2018 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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TAE Aerospace will establish a turbine engine maintenance facility in Bundamba, south-east Queensland, to support in-country sustainment of Australia’s F-35 Joint Strike fighter (JSF) jets, the Australian Department of Defence announced on 30 August.

The facility will support maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade activities for Australian F-135 engines, including enabling deeper-level maintenance, where JSF F135 engine modules are disassembled, repaired and reassembled for testing.

The Australian government is getting 72 F-35A JSF aircraft to replace the current fleet of 71 ageing F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets.

Christopher Pyne, Minister for Defence Industry, said: ‘TAE Aerospace is 100% Australian-owned with 237 employees at several sites across Australia, with contracts to support Classic Hornet, Super Hornet, Growler and M1 Abram tank engines.

‘The global F-35 programme has had a positive impact on Australia’s growing defence industry, which has collectively been awarded in excess of $1 billion in production contracts and will support up to 5000 Australian jobs by 2023.’

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