BAE Systems Australia has welcomed the completion of the 50th F-35 vertical tail by Marand Precision Engineering and announced that it had achieved peak production rate of machining titanium parts for the program at its Edinburgh Parks facility in South Australia.
The ramp up has benefited the BAE Systems’ Australian supply chain, including ex auto manufacturer Axiom Precision Manufacturing and RUAG Australia, both based in Adelaide.
BAE Systems Australia acknowledged DMTC’s critical supporting role in delivering this important capability. The preparatory work related to process optimisation and technology transfer was directed through DMTC’s collaborative model. DMTC also worked with the company to identify and develop its Australian supply chain.
BAE Systems Chief Executive Gabby Costigan said:
“Our involvement in supplying parts for the next generation F-35 has provided the catalyst for a significant investment that has enabled us to expand a bespoke advanced manufacturing capability.
“The expanded machining facility and our highly skilled Australian workforce will help us to secure new opportunities in defence or commercial sectors.”
The full BAE press release is available here.Posted by Harry Baxter on July 26th, 2018 Tagged: collaboration, defence technology, DMTC, F-35