BAE Systems Australia today congratulated the Royal Australian Air Force and Lockheed Martin on the arrival of the first two F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Williamtown, NSW.


BAE Systems Australia Chief Executive Gabby Costigan said:


“It’s an incredible milestone in this amazing global program and we are proud to be a tier one program partner.


“BAE Systems has been at the heart of the design and development of the F-35 from the beginning; and we will use this expertise to support its entry in to service with the Royal Australian Air Force.


“We expect that our F-35 sustainment activities at Williamtown will see about 400 jobs created over the next 10 years and a requirement for this level of employment over the 30 plus years of the contract.


“Sustainment activities will also create opportunities for our Australian partners and supply chain.


“BAE Systems is proud of its long heritage as a major industry partner to the RAAF. We are committed to continuing to empower it into the future with the best equipment and support, and ensuring it can use these new aircraft to their full capability.”


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