First Australian-made vertical tails fitted onto F-35

UPI // November 21, 2014

FORT WORTH, Texas, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Australian-made vertical tails for F-35 Lightning II fighters have for the first time been installed on an aircraft by Lockheed Martin.

Photo by Lockheed Martin.

Marand, an Australian engineering firm sub-contracted by BAE Systems for 722 tail sets, said the installation was conducted at Lockheed's manufacturing plant in Fort Worth, Texas.

"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," said Marand Chief Executive Officer Rohan Stocker. "The Marand team has risen to the challenge of doing incredible work thanks to the support from BAE Systems.

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