First parylene-coated parts exported for Global F-35 program
The first batch of audio control electronic components is being shipped to California for qualification.
Production of around 1 000 parts, valued at approximately US$15 million, will then start next year for the F-35 aircraft’s Communication, Navigation and Identification (CNI) system.
BAE Systems Australia Chief Operating Officer David Bond, said: “BAE Systems is using the latest technology to support one of the world’s most advanced integrated avionics systems.
“With support from the Federal Government, we have established the only defence accredited parylene coating capability in Australia, enabling us to produce high-end printed circuit cards for the digital battlespace.”
The technology now available at the Company’s Edinburgh Parks site is primarily used for printed circuit boards. It improves reliability in harsh environmental conditions and meets high military standards, allowing electronic components to perform as specified.
The investment in the new technology has been supported by the Department of Defence and enabled by AusIndustry.