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First F-35 to feature Marand-made vertical tails built

written by australianaviation.com.au | May 14, 2015

A supplied image of the first F-35 assembled with Marand's vertical tails. (Lockheed Martin)
A supplied image of the first F-35 assembled with Marand’s vertical tails, AF-73. (Lockheed Martin)

The first F-35 Lightning II to feature Australian-made vertical tails has rolled out of Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth facility.

Built by Melbourne-based manufacturing company Marand, the vertical tails are on an F-35 AF-73, which emerged from Lockheed Martin’s aircraft final finishes facility on April 29.

“We are proud of this incredible milestone for our team and for the work our company has done to establish a unique capability in the field of aerostructures manufacturing,” Marand chief executive Rohan Stocker said in a statement.

“Our work not only serves the Australian Defence industry, but also creates high technology Australian jobs.”

Lockheed Martin said in a statement on May 12 it was one of the largest manufacturing projects for the Australian F-35 program, with 722 ship sets planned.


BAE Systems contracted the work on the vertical tails to Marand, which is the largest Australian supplier on the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program. Marand is also the global sole source of the F-35 engine removal and installation trailer.

Another image of AF-73. (Lockheed Martin)

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Comments (2)

  • Maurice Duffill


    Very encouraging; I just hope that Marand are being amply rewarded financially such that the contract is sustainable.

  • Raymond


    Is Marand involved with the stealth know-how, or is this done after delivery?

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