Titanium Parts for Joint Strike Fighters to Be Made by BAE Systems in Adelaide
An advanced machining facility to make titanium parts for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft has been officially opened in Adelaide.
BAE Systems is making 30 separate parts for the vertical tail fin of the jets.
Its $8 million Starrag BTP5000 machining facility at Edinburgh Parks is said to be the only one of its type in the southern hemisphere.
At the official opening, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill spoke of BAE's collaborative agreement with the Government and another firm, Rosebank Engineering, which is setting up a metal processing and finishing facility in northern Adelaide.
"Bringing together BAE Systems and Rosebank to fill a niche capability in advanced manufacturing will deliver long-term benefits for South Australians," he said.
BAE Systems CEO David Allott said the company expected to keep growing.
"This project is underpinned by BAE Systems' participation in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter supply chain over the next 20 years," he said.
"I am confident that our investment will provide opportunities to grow our manufacturing business in coming years.
"Having an expanded machining capability and increased production capacity, together with a highly skilled and experienced workforce, will help to secure new opportunities in aviation or commercial industries as well as future defence projects."
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