Australian-Made Tail Installed on Australian F-35A Fighter
The third Australian F-35A Joint Strike Fighter has received its Australian made vertical tail as it nears production completion.
Victorian based company Marand is an Australian industry leader in the global F-35 program with an exceptionally strong performance record to date, one of which is the manufacture of vertical tails.
Three of Australia’s full time staff based at the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility at Fort Worth, Texas, took the opportunity to view Australia’s third F-35A (AU 003) currently on the production line, the first Australian F-35A to receive an Australian-made tail.
Head Joint Strike Fighter, Air Vice-Marshal Leigh Gordon said Australia is performing well in a tough global market.
“Affordability is a top priority for the F-35 program and this means industry has to be at the forefront of innovation and efficiency to keep receiving work,” said Air Vice-Marshal Leigh Gordon.