Marand Precision Engineering has delivered its first set of vertical tail fins for the Joint Strike Fighter program.
A ceremony was held at the company’s Moorabbin headquarters yesterday, with the company announcing it had started making what will be as many as 722 pairs of tail fins for the F-35 Lightning II JSFs.
"This is a major step for Marand to move into the field of aerostructures manufacturing,” said David Ellul, Marand’s managing director.
“The unique capability we have established will serve the Australian Defence industry and create high technology Australian jobs for many years to come.”
The family-owned Marand, which began in 1969, has clients including in automotive, defence, rail and whitegoods industries.
It will be manufacturing three parts for the fighter planes: tail fin sets – in collaboration with BAE Systems – as well as engine installation trailers and F-35 airframe tooling.
“Marand has worked hard to become part of the JSF program by supplying a sophisticated piece of equipment to the world’s largest collaborative defence and aerospace program,” said Victorian premier Denis Napthine yesterday, lauding his state’s manufacturing capabilities.
“Victorian companies have secured 70 per cent of JSF contracts awarded in Australia and Marand highlights the advanced aviation capabilities on offer in Victoria.”