Marand opens new F-35 tail production facility

The RAAF’s third F-35A, AU-3 has vertical tails build by Marand. (Defence)
The RAAF’s third F-35A, AU-3 has vertical tails build by Marand. (Defence)

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne opened a new Marand Precision Engineering F-35A tail manufacturing facility in Melbourne on January 24.

The Moorabbin facility, which was partly funded through a grant from Defence’s New Air Combat Capability Industry Support Program, will support 44 new production jobs and will manufacture vertical tail for the F-35 program.

“Marand is now an established supplier of F-35A Vertical Tails, with Australian-produced tails on the aircraft of several F-35 Partner Nations,” Minister Pyne said in a statement.

“Expected to generate a total of more than $1 billion in revenue over 20 years, Marand is a great example of the success Australian industry is experiencing through the global F-35 Program.

“By December 2016, Marand had received one third of the Australian contracts in the F-35 Program and continues to grow this market share, displaying how Australia’s innovative defence industry is proving its global competitiveness.”

Marand is producing F-35A tails on contract to JSF program partner BAE Systems.

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