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BAE Australia to supply F-35 audio control modules

written by australianaviation.com.au | September 1, 2014
BAE Australia is to supply advacned components for the F-35. (JSF PO)
BAE Australia is to supply advacned components for the F-35. (JSF PO)

BAE Systems Australia is set to produce about 1,000 Audio Control Electronic modules for the F-35 Lightning II’s communication, navigation and identification suite under a long-term arrangement with Northrop Grumman.
The work will initially augment manufacturing being carried out by Northrop Grumman, but BAE Systems could eventually become the single-source supplier of the module. The agreement is valued at approximately US$15 million and is due to come into effect in 2015.
“BAE Systems will use the latest technology to support one of the world’s most advanced integrated avionics systems,” stated David Allott, chief executive for BAE Systems Australia.
“Our company will establish the only defence-accredited parylene coating capability in Australia and apply advanced manufacturing techniques to produce high-end components for the digital battlespace.”
The company’s 120-strong team based at Edinburgh Parks will build and assemble the parts, as well as integrating and testing the electromechanical assemblies, BAE Systems stated.

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