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BAE Systems highlights government role in securing F-35 maintenance work

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 11, 2016

A supplied image of the first F-35 assembled with Marand's vertical tails. (Lockheed Martin)BAE Systems Australia has praised the federal government for supporting industry as it welcomed the assignment of F-35 Lightning II maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) work.

“The Commonwealth government’s advocacy for Australian industry has played a key role in securing this significant, high-technology work,” said BAE Systems Australia chief executive Glynn Phillips.

“The decision is a vote of confidence in the capability of Australian industry, and testament to the expertise and readiness of BAE Systems Australia and our teaming partners.”

BAE Systems said in a statement that it will be the lead provider of global sustainment services for life support components, and will play a leading role in regional sustainment work across avionics and digital mission systems and electrical system components.

Separately, GE has welcomed the decision on the assignment of maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) work for selected systems fitted to the F-35 Lightning II.

GE stated that it has teamed up with BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman in Australia to provide services across a broad range of systems, and has been assigned the role of industry lead for electrical power systems.

“This is an exciting opportunity and a great win for Australia, when you consider that we are one of only four countries around the world selected to perform the work,” said Geoff Culbert, president and chief executive officer of GE Australia, New Zealand & PNG.


“This further strengthens Australia’s aviation sector, and is evidence of the expertise across the industry here.”

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