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3rd Australian F-35A Joint Strike Fighter receives Australian made vertical tail

Australia’s next eight F-35A are in various stages of production at Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas.

Terry Turner




The third Australian F-35A Joint Strike Fighter has received its Australian made vertical tail as it nears production completion.

Victorian based company Marand is an Australian industry leader in the global F-35 program with an exceptionally strong performance record to date, one of which is the manufacture of vertical tails for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Three of Australia’s full-time time staff based at the Lockheed Martin F-35 production facility at Fort Worth, Texas, in the United States of America, took the opportunity to view Australia’s third F-35A (AU 003) currently on the production line, and the first Australian F-35A to receive an Australian-made tail.

Australia’s first two F-35A aircraft are currently operating at the international F-35A Pilot Training Centre at Luke Air Force Base Arizona, while Australia’s next eight F-35A are in various stages of production at Lockheed Martin’s production facility in Fort Worth, Texas.


Terry Turner is Senior Editor for and Editor in Chief for the entire stable of CYBER PRESS magazines.CYBER PRESS is an Australian media business specialising in multi-channel broad audience online digital publishing. Our company is the evolution of Eco Magazines, Australia's premiere dedicated online publisher of full-format digital magazines. Put simply, we specialise, where many merely dabble.


Australia’s Chief of Air Force Completes First Flight in the AIR 5428 PC-21

Terry Turner




EAST SALE, Australia, August 16, 2017 – In a recent ceremony that marked a significant milestone for the AIR 5428 Pilot Training System, Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) celebrated the Chief of Air Force first flight of the in-service PC-21 aircraft.

The occasion was celebrated at a media event hosted by Australian Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne, in East Sale, Australia.  Also in attendance was The Hon Darren Chester MP, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, highlighting the significance of the program to the Australian Government.

Vince Di Pietro, chief executive for Lockheed Martin Australia attended the event along with AIR 5428 partners Pilatus Aircraft and Hawker Pacific.

“We are excited to celebrate this momentous occasion with the CAF and recognise this marks the beginning of training for Australia’s fifth-generation air capability,” said Vince Di Pietro. “This milestone is a great achievement to all involved and we celebrate the Australian Defence Force’s first flight in service and acceptance of the first six of 49 PC-21 aircraft, as the mainstay trainer for Australia’s pilot training program for decades to come.”

“Combining the PC-21 turboprop training aircraft with state-of-the-art training simulations and an electronic learning environment, Australia’s new Pilot Training System will prepare Australia’s next-generation pilots for mission success.”

The AIR 5428 Pilot Training System is an integrated solution tailored for all future pilots of the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Army.

“Lockheed Martin Australia leads the delivery of integrated solutions for all future pilots of the Australian Defence Force,” said Amy Gowder, vice president of Training and Logistics Solutions for Lockheed Martin’s Rotary and Mission Systems business.  “This milestone is an important achievement, and confirms the Lockheed Martin-led team is on track to deliver a world-class pilot training solution to the Australian Defence Force.”

Under the AIR 5428 contract, Lockheed Martin is providing overall project management for the pilot training system and delivering a family of integrated ground-based training technologies. Pilatus Aircraft is providing 49 PC-21 turboprop training aircraft and through-life engineering and airworthiness support, while Hawker Pacific is providing maintenance services and fleet support, and leveraging its established supply chain in Australia.                                          

Signed in December 2015, the initial seven-year AIR 5428 Pilot Training System is valued at AU$1.2 billion, with performance-based options to extend the value and length of the contract for up to 25 years.

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$145 Million For Hornet Maintenance Contract

Defence’s maintenance contract with Boeing Defence Australia for the F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet aircraft fleet has been extended

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Defence’s maintenance contract with Boeing Defence Australia for the F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet aircraft fleet has been extended to include ongoing engineering, logistics and maintenance sustainment support.

Valued at approximately $145 million, this expanded commercial arrangement will see continued support for Australia’s current fleet of 71 Classic Hornets out until December 2021, with options to extend further if required.

Minster Pyne said this extension of the contract will help sustain dozens of jobs in the Hunter Region.

“It will secure ongoing employment for approximately 80 additional workers based in Newcastle and Hunter regions of New South Wales,” Minister Pyne said.

“This contract amendment expands the volume of work and continues a highly successful partnership with Boeing Defence Australia and its subcontractors.” Minister Pyne said.

“As well as securing continued support for Australia’s air combat capability, this revised arrangement will restructure Classic Hornet aircraft support to align with the First Principles Review outcomes and allow Defence to redirect resources to transition support to newer capabilities, like the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter and EA-18G Growler,” said Minister Pyne.

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$70 million contract for C-17A Globemaster sustainment

Twelve new jobs will be created in Queensland after the Minister for Defence Industry announced today that a $70 million contract had been signed with Boeing Defence Australia to sustain C-17A Globemaster aircraft.

Terry Turner




Twelve new jobs will be created in Queensland after the Minister for Defence Industry; the Hon Christopher Pyne MP announced today that a $70 million contract had been signed with Boeing Defence Australia to sustain Australia’s fleet of C-17A Globemaster aircraft.

Minister Pyne said the $70 million C-17A Australian Sustainment Services Contract was a key initiative for the ongoing support to the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) Heavy Air Lift capability.

“The RAAF C-17A provides a nimble fleet of transport aircraft which have the ability to land on some of the harshest airfields in the world,” Minister Pyne said.

This $70 million contract between Boeing Defence Australia and the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) supplements Australia’s membership to the Boeing Globemaster III Integrated Sustainment Program (GISP), providing additional support services tailored to the unique needs of the RAAF.

“The arrangements to maintain the C-17A aircraft have been in place since 2006 when the first C-17A was delivered to Australia, however, as the size of the fleet has since doubled – to eight – this new arrangement will create new jobs in Queensland,” Minister Pyne said.

“The new arrangement replaces some elements of the existing sustainment arrangements with the US Government, while keeping Australia in the global supply system for C-17.”

“This contract rationalises Australian unique support services and ensures a cost effective, flexible and modern sustainment management arrangement both now and into the future.”

Boeing Defence Australia vice president and managing director Darren Edwards said the new contract reinforced Boeing’s commitment to being a responsive in-service support partner of choice for the RAAF.

“Boeing Defence Australia has a proven model for optimal in-service support, operating under a single-management framework that sees Boeing and Commonwealth employees working in close collaboration to manage all current and future fleet requirements,” said Edwards.

“This contract builds on Boeing’s position as a leader in sustainment services, providing support to more Australian Defence Force aircraft than any other company.”

Director Heavy Air Lift Systems Program Office Adrian Morrison said, “This contract with BDA gives us the best of both worlds, the continuing strength and support from the United States Air Force through the Globemaster Integrated Sustainment Program, and the flexibility, through this contract, to respond and grow with changing local Australian needs over time.”

The Australian C-17 Sustainment Services Contract is for an initial five-year term with options out to the retirement of the aircraft based at RAAF Base Amberley. It includes management of services, provision of integration, engineering, and maintenance.

The contract will commence in October 2017.


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