Australia has been selected to provide additional support for Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, Defence Minister Christopher Pyne announced on 14 February.
The additional work features the provision of maintenance, repair, overhaul, and upgrade (MRO&U) services for avionics, composites, electric components, hydraulics, and other systems on board the F-35.
In a statement, Pyne said, “Australian companies have been awarded 343 out of a possible 388 components in the latest tranche of assignments – a significant achievement and a major boost for our economy.”
The additional work was assigned by the United States’ F-35 Joint Program Office and follows its announcement in 2014 to assign Australia as provider of support services for F-35s operating in the South Pacific region.
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