BAE Systems Australia assigned Joint Strike Fighter airframe regional support

F-35A image copyright Lockheed Martin
Williamtown, NSW: BAE Systems Australia has been assigned the role of Southern Pacific Regional Depot Airframe Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade provider - supporting the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) from early 2018.

Work under the contract will be undertaken in Williamtown, NSW, where BAE Systems currently supports the total sustainment of the Hawk MK 127 Lead-In Fighter fleet.

BAE Systems Australia will provide a heavy airframe maintenance and sustainment capability for the global JSF fleet in the Southern Pacific region.

As the regional prime contractor, BAE Systems is committed to maximising Australian industry involvement and will also actively engage with those small to medium sized enterprises who have worked with the Australian Government through the JSF Australian Industry Involvement Program.

BAE Systems will continue to work closely with Australia’s Joint Strike Fighter Division, the F-35 Joint Program Office (based in the United States of America) and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics in the delivery of Regional Depot JSF Airframe Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade.

David Allott, Chief Executive, BAE Systems Australia said, “We are delighted to have been assigned this substantial scope of work.

Our proven fast jet aircraft maintenance capabilities in Williamtown, combined with our strong commitment to working collaboratively with Australian industry, ensures that the international JSF Partners and Foreign Military Sales (FMS) customers will have ready access to a strategically important, first-class Regional Depot.”

Image copyright Lockheed Martin.