Lockheed Martin has received the first two F-35 deployable facilities manufactured by Australia-based engineering and manufacturing company Varley Group at a ceremony in Tomago, Newcastle.
The two new facilities will be a part of the Deployable Duty Facility / Deployable Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Facility Mission System.
The first two facilities are part of a total of 29 units to be manufactured by Varley Group over a period of three years.
The latest facilities support the supply of capabilities important for the operation and sustainment of the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) F-35A aircraft fleet.
Lockheed Martin Australia will be responsible for carrying out a technology fit-out of the two deployable facilities.
While one of the two units will be used to accommodate ICT equipment used on deployment, the other facility will help serve duty personnel and mission planning.
Once in service with the RAAF, the facilities will be deployed to the Luke Air Force Base (AFB) in Arizona, US, and used to support all operations and maintenance of the first two F-35As.
Lockheed Martin Australia chief executive Vince Di Pietro said: “As fifth-generation technology design pioneers, Lockheed Martin is uniquely placed to understand and meet the sustainment requirements of the world’s most advanced fighter aircraft – the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
“The RAAF’s deployable facilities will play a critical role in supporting operations and maintenance activities for the F-35A aircraft, predictive prognostic and mission support requirements in the realisation of a truly networked and integrated Australian Defence Force (ADF).”
The two RAAF fighter jets are planned to be delivered in Australia in December.
All the 29 deployable facilities will offer transportable, secure and environmentally controlled workspaces for the ADF personnel in order to operate information support systems for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and other platforms across the globe.