The F-35

What we do
The global F-35 program is the largest and most advanced military aircraft program in the world.
Led by the US with participation from the UK, Italy, Netherlands, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway and Turkey, the F-35 program is truly collaborative and aims to deliver a stealthy, multi-role attack aircraft capable of operating from land and sea.
In Australia, BAE Systems has brought our joint military aircraft expertise to the development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of the F-35. The program offers never-before-seen opportunities for Australian industry to sustain a capability set that will remain in service until late into the 21st century.
BAE Systems won assignments to maintain the airframe on the F-35 in the South Pacific, manage the Asia-Pacific warehouse for the aircraft and to maintain key F-35 components.
F-35 Programme

BAE Systems’ core capabilities

As a key partner, BAE Systems holds a 13-15% workshare of each aircraft, excluding propulsion, and we play a major role in the program globally. The F-35 program will further strengthen Australia’s defence industry, increasing national capability and supporting the continued growth of a highly skilled workforce.

What we do


Platform sustainment

BAE Systems Australia’s F-35 sustainment activities will see roughly 400 jobs created over the next 10 years, and maintaining this level of employment for the 30-plus years duration of the contract. Sustainment activities will also create opportunities for both our Australian partners and supply chain.
F35 aft fuselage pulses down the assembly line

Operational training

BAE Systems technicians have trained alongside Lockheed Martin to ensure they have the necessary skills to provide the very best support for the Royal Australian Air Force. The technicians will train future staff as capability and capacity increases, working side-by-side with RAAF personnel at the Williamtown base and in our regional airframe depot at our Williamtown site.
BAE Systems has been working with partners, including the NSW Government and Commonwealth Government, to build the systems needed to support the F-35 located in the Pacific region.
F35 Fighter jet at supersonic speeds

Advancing the next generation

BAE Systems Australia is creating a capability pipeline to engage, inspire, develop and recruit the next generation to ensure that development of people and facilities in the Hunter region.
Sustaining the most technically advanced fighter jet on the planet will continue to create new jobs and employ generations not yet alive. BAE Systems Australia is collaborating with a range of local education institutions to engage students throughout their education on the importance of STEM and create opportunities for people in the region and Australia’s defence industry.
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