First Australian-made vertical tails installed on JSF plane

The first
set of vertical tails made by Marand Precision Engineering have been installed
on an F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter plane.

Aerospace Manufacturing And Design reports that the components were installed last week on November 13 at Lockheed Martin’s Fort Worth, Texas manufacturing site.

“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 Rohan Stocker, Marand’s CEO, in a statement.

“The Marand team has risen to the
challenge of doing incredible work thanks to the support from BAE Systems.”

Marand has been subcontracted by BAE Systems to make
vertical tails, and this is one of the largest Australian manufacturing
projects for the JSF. The delivery of 722 ship sets is planned.

The company also makes engine removal and installation
trailers for the JSF program, as the sole global source of these.

Earlier this year Marand was named Manufacturer of The Year at this magazine’s Endeavour Awards

Image: http://www.lockheedmartin.com.au/