Australian company TAE Aerospace will develop a turbine engine maintenance facility in Bundamba, southeast Queensland, to support in-country sustainment of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF’s) Lockheed Martin F-35 Lighting II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.
The new facility “will support maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrade activities for not only Australian F135 engines but also [for] engines from around the Asia-Pacific region and the world,” Defence Minister Christopher Pyne said in a 31 August statement.
Australia has approved the acquisition of 72 conventional take-off and landing (CTOL) F-35As to replace the RAAF’s ageing fleet of Boeing F/A-18A/B ‘legacy’ Hornet aircraft. The country has already received five F-35As, which are currently located with the US Air Force’s (USAF’s) 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Arizona, where they serve as part of the international training fleet.
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