Ground has been broken on TAE Aerospace’s new Turbine Engine Maintenance Facility (TEMF) site in Bundamba, Queensland, which will support in-country sustainment of Australia’s fifth-generation fighter jets.
Defence will be a major, but not exclusive, customer of the new facility near Ipswich when it begins operating from July next year.
Defence’s contract with TAE Aerospace will support maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrade (MRO&U) activities for F135 engines, as well as existing ADF capabilities.
TAE Aerospace also holds contracts to support Classic Hornet, Super Hornet, Growler and M1 Abrams tank engines.
The addition of the F135 engine activities will add a minimum of 15 new aerospace technician jobs to the company's Queensland workforce.
Australian defence industry has collectively been awarded in excess of AU$1.2 billion in production contracts related to the F-35 program.
TAE is also investigating whether it can repair parts from US-based Hornets. This could bring a large volume of repairs into Australia from the US military, which flies some 546 Super Hornets with more on order from Boeing.