UPI reports that the Cedar Rapids-headquartered US firm has reached a new agreement with
F-35 industry partner Northrop Grumman. Northrop makes the Electro-Optical Distributed Aperture
System for the JSF.
Rockwell Collins Australia, a wholly-owned subsidiary, is currently qualifying its factory to produce the assemblies.
“With the support and investment of the Commonwealth of Australia, we’re proud to be on the path to be manufacturing 40 percent of this vital assembly in Australia,” Nick Gibbs, Rockwell’s Australian managing director said, according to UPI.
“Our employees are very excited to be part of the F-35 supply chain with our new state-of-the-art precision optics manufacturing capability.”
Rockwell’s Tullamarine, Melbourne facility carries out work for commercial carriers in the Asia Pacific region, including Qantas and Air NZ.