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BAE Systems grows role in F-35 sustainment

The first F-35 aircraft to arrive at RAAF Base Williamtown.
BAE Systems Australia has increased its role in the sustainment to the fleet of F-35 aircraft with the announcement that the company has been assigned further Component Maintenance Repair Overhaul and Upgrade (MRO&U) work as part of a broader assignment to Australia for the global F-35 fifth generation fighter jet program.
The US Government’s F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) has assigned a number of Australian defence companies to perform sensitive F-35 Component MRO&U work for the Asia-Pacific region in the second wave of F-35 component assignments.
 
In 2014, the US Government assigned regional F-35 Heavy Airframe and Engine Depots to Australia.
 
This latest assignment relates to supporting Air Vehicle Depot Level Repairable components that are removed from the aircraft and repaired in a regional depot MRO&U facility.
 
BAE Systems’ assignments cover avionics, munitions and aircraft canopy components.
 
BAE Systems plans to deliver the majority of the services for this contract from its Williamtown, NSW facility adjacent to the RAAF base, as well as utilising its workshop capabilities in Edinburgh Parks, Adelaide.
 
BAE Systems CEO Gabby Costigan said: “The collaborative approach taken by the Australian Government and industry has been the key to the success in securing additional F-35 sustainment work for Australian business. It will put Australia at the forefront of F-35 component sustainment.
 
“We look forward to working closely with the JPO and Lockheed Martin on delivering this additional part of our support to an exciting global program.”