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Rockwell Collins Australia produces 100th F-35 DAS optical assembly

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 27, 2017
The Rockwell Collins Australia-built optical assembly.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has joined Rockwell Collins Australia at its facility in Sydney to witness the production of its 100th optical assembly for the electro-optical AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 Lightning II.

Rockwell Collins Australia expects to produce more than 7,000 of these assemblies across the life of the Joint Strike Fighter program, representing at least 40 per cent of global production, Minister Pyne said in a statement on Thursday.

Developed by Northrop Grumman, the DAS is a 360-degree situational awareness system that is intended to warn of incoming aircraft and missile threats, as well as providing day/night vision, fire-control capability and precision tracking of friendly aircraft for tactical manoeuvring.

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“In addition to this contribution, Rockwell Collins Australia has successfully partnered with BAE Systems Australia and Northrop Grumman Australia for assignment of regional maintenance and repair responsibilities for some F-35 avionic components,” Minister Pyne said. “The company is also planning to increase its footprint to include a manufacturing capability for critical test equipment required by Australia and partner countries.”

Rockwell Collins Australia employs around 70 fulltime staff at its Australian base at Lane Cove where it provides a technical support base for repair, overhaul and equipment modifications.
“It is fantastic to be contributing to a globally significant project like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter which will underpin the defence capabilities of so many international air forces including our own,”
Rockwell Collins Australia managing director Nick Gibbs said.
“It is a tremendous feather in our cap and an endorsement of all the support we have received from the Federal Government and NSW Government so far.”

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  • Paul

    says:

    Hopefully it works.

  • Js

    says:

    It does Paul. Otherwise it wouldnt be the 100th.

  • Paul

    says:

    Js,there are a lot of components that have been made but still don’t work.

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Rockwell Collins Australia produces 100th F-35 DAS optical assembly

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 27, 2017
The Rockwell Collins Australia-built optical assembly.

Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne has joined Rockwell Collins Australia at its facility in Sydney to witness the production of its 100th optical assembly for the electro-optical AAQ-37 Distributed Aperture System (DAS) for the F-35 Lightning II.

Rockwell Collins Australia expects to produce more than 7,000 of these assemblies across the life of the Joint Strike Fighter program, representing at least 40 per cent of global production, Minister Pyne said in a statement on Thursday.

Developed by Northrop Grumman, the DAS is a 360-degree situational awareness system that is intended to warn of incoming aircraft and missile threats, as well as providing day/night vision, fire-control capability and precision tracking of friendly aircraft for tactical manoeuvring.

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“In addition to this contribution, Rockwell Collins Australia has successfully partnered with BAE Systems Australia and Northrop Grumman Australia for assignment of regional maintenance and repair responsibilities for some F-35 avionic components,” Minister Pyne said. “The company is also planning to increase its footprint to include a manufacturing capability for critical test equipment required by Australia and partner countries.”

Rockwell Collins Australia employs around 70 fulltime staff at its Australian base at Lane Cove where it provides a technical support base for repair, overhaul and equipment modifications.
“It is fantastic to be contributing to a globally significant project like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter which will underpin the defence capabilities of so many international air forces including our own,”
Rockwell Collins Australia managing director Nick Gibbs said.
“It is a tremendous feather in our cap and an endorsement of all the support we have received from the Federal Government and NSW Government so far.”

Steer your own in-flight experience – available on print and digital Whether our classic glossy magazine in your letterbox, daily news updates in your inbox, peeling back a few layers in the podcast or our monthly current affair reports, you can count on us to keep you up to date. Sign up today for just $99.95 for more exclusive offers here. Subscribe now at australianaviation.com.au.

3 Comments

  • Paul

    says:

    Hopefully it works.

  • Js

    says:

    It does Paul. Otherwise it wouldnt be the 100th.

  • Paul

    says:

    Js,there are a lot of components that have been made but still don’t work.

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