Praise for Installation of First Australian-made JSF Vertical Tails

Australian Department of Defence // November 21, 2014

Defence Minister David Johnston has congratulated Melbourne-based precision engineering company Marand following the successful installation of the first locally made Vertical Tail assemblies on an F-35 Lightning at Lockheed Martin’s US assembly line at Fort Worth, Texas. 

The installation of the twin tail fins manufactured at Marand’s Moorabbin plant represents a major milestone in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) global supply chain of which the Australian aerospace industry is a key benefactor, Senator Johnston said today. 

“This is terrific news and I am so pleased for Marand and its impressive Melbourne team,” the Defence Minister said. 

“This is truly a great Australian success story in the production of the world’s most advanced war plane.”

Read the full release from the Australian Department of Defence.

Photo by Lockheed Martin.