In competition with other F-35 regional nations, BAE Systems Australia has been assigned the role of the Asia-Pacific Regional Warehouse by the US Government.
Representing an estimated value to Australian Industry in excess of $300m in operations and infrastructure over the life of the F-35 program, the warehouse will provide spares to all operational units in the region – whether the Joint Strike Fighter squadrons are from Australia, or visiting squadrons on deployment from other parts of the world, according to Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne.
“The Regional Warehouse will be based at RAAF Base Williamtown near the F-35 airframe depot maintenance facility for the South Asia-Pacific also assigned to BAE Systems Australia in December 2014.
“This announcement follows on the heels of Australia’s success in securing Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade for 64 out of 65 of available F-35 components in the first tranche of component repair assignments.”
Minister Pyne said the decision further shapes Australia towards becoming the regional hub for F-35 sustainment in the Asia-Pacific Region.
“It will generate jobs and improve aircraft availability with the warehouse located within our shores.”
Australian industry has further opportunities available in the F-35 Program with the assignments for repair of the second tranche of Air Vehicle Components expected to be announced next year.