Solutions in the air JSF


Work is under way on a new titanium manufacturing facility in Edinburgh Parks, South Australia where we are building components for the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) F-35 Lightning II program.

While the production of large-scale components will begin in early 2014, we’ve started manufacturing from our existing facilities and the first shipset of parts was delivered to Marand in Victoria in May 2013.

Marand is assembling two vertical tails for each of more than 700 next generation Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) jets.



Construction of the South Australian Government-supported facility will soon be completed. It has involved 30 tonnes of reinforcing steel, around 100 concrete trucks and a $10 million titanium machine for installation that is due to arrive from Switzerland mid-year.

The machining capability will be the second of its kind in the world and the new machine is designed to produce long thin-wall aerospace titanium components up to five metres long.

The contract with Marand complements this investment. From our existing facilities, we have already produced and delivered 30 complex titanium components of varying sizes for Marand’s F-35 vertical tail fin assembly line in Victoria.



The first delivery of parts was a significant milestone. This year, BAE Systems will deliver three sets of aircraft parts to Marand, which will increase to up to 70 shipsets annually over the life of the 20-year contract.

It’s expected that the new facility will also open the door to new defence and commercial opportunities.

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