BAE Systems Australia has celebrated the production of the 15,000th titanium part produced at Edinburgh Parks in SA for the the F-35 program.
The range of parts produced in Australia have delivered 500 tail sets which, together with the aft fuselage and horizontal tail sets, make up the rear section of each jet.
BAE Systems Australia supplies F-35 components to both its UK business and to Victorian manufacturer Marand, which recently sold to an equity firm.
According to BAE, production of vertical tail parts at Edinburgh Parks will continue for another two decades, possibly further depending on global sales of the F-35.
Securing decades of work on the global F-35 program has underpinned the company's investment in bespoke titanium machining facilities at Edinburgh Parks, which was also supported by the SA government.
“Australia’s strength is in the ability of manufacturers to excel in the production of highly specialised products,” BAE Systems Australia Managing Director Defence Delivery, Andrew Gresham said.
“We are undertaking very complex and advanced manufacturing in a way that is cost effective and globally competitive.
“Digitisation will be the next big step change to further improve our competitiveness by allowing us to collaborate seamlessly with our suppliers and partners in real time.
“This will mean that we can identify and resolve issues faster, improve risk management and optimise production.”
BAE Systems delivers up to 15 per cent of every F-35 including the production of the rear section and electronic warfare suite. The company also produces components for other programs including the Nulka decoy and the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile.