Abbott’s F-35 stealth fighter jet pledge gives local manufacturing a lift
The founder of the Melbourne manufacturer Marand learnt his trade at the city's Holden plant. Now his company is making carbon fibre and titanium tails for what is promised to be the most formidable fighter plane the world has seen.
Aerospace, it turns out, was a good bet. ''Ten years ago, we'd never had an export order. Now, we're probably about 70 per cent exports,'' said the firm's general manager, Rohan Stocker. ''This is a story of transition.''
And the source of much of this lucrative work? None other than the Joint Strike Fighter, the revolutionary if controversial stealth fighter to which the Abbott government firmly committed Australia this week.
Photo by Lockheed Martin.