BAE Systems Australia has successfully rolled out the 15,000th titanium part for the world’s largest defence program, the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF).
The company’s range of parts produced at Edinburgh Parks in South Australia make up a portion of the rear section of each jet which BAE Systems produces across its global enterprise.
In addition to manufacturing a range of products for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the company also produces bespoke components for other critically important Defence programs including the Nulka decoy and the Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile.
BAE Systems Australia Managing Director Defence Delivery, Andrew Gresham said production of vertical tail parts at Edinburgh Parks will continue for another two decades, possibly further depending on global sales of the Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
“Australia’s strength is in the ability of manufacturers to excel in the production of highly specialised products. We are undertaking very complex and advanced manufacturing in a way that is cost effective and globally competitive,” Mr Gresham continued.
“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.”