Rosebank Engineering has announced the activation of its F-35 Lightning II Wheels & Brakes Repair Depot at its Bayswater facility in Melbourne, Victoria, the first of several activations planned over the coming decade.
This development positions Rosebank as a key service provider under the Global Support Solution for F-35 aircraft operating in, or deployed to, the Indo-Pacific Region.
"Rosebank Engineering is proud to play a critical role in supporting the F-35 Lightning II program in the region," said Aidan Butler-Bonnice, General Manager at Rosebank Engineering.
"The activation of our F-35 Wheels & Brakes Repair Depot has been many years in the making and reinforces our commitment to providing quality maintenance and repair services not only to the RAAF, but all F-35 operators in the Indo-Pacific Region. We look forward to working closely with our partners and customers to ensure the continued operational success of this remarkable aircraft."
Operating under sub-contract to F-35 aircraft OEM and global sustainment prime contractor Lockheed Martin, Rosebank is the preferred Component Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul & Upgrade (CMRO&U) assignee on five Repair Technology Groups (RTGs) of the F-35 platform in the Indo-Pacific Region.
“Rosebank Engineering’s new F-35 Wheels & Brakes Repair facility will provide critical support infrastructure to F-35 fleets operating in the Indo-Pacific Region including the Royal Australian Air Force,” said Rob Weitzman, Lockheed Martin program director for F-35 Australia.
“This is an example of Australia’s world-class engineering capabilities and demonstrates how the F-35 program is contributing significantly to the growth and development of Australia’s defence industry capabilities. In fact, more than 70 Australian companies together have been awarded over $4.13 billion in global production and sustainment contracts through the F-35 program to date.”