Rosebank begins regional support for F-35 Program at Bayswater depot


Rosebank Engineering has begun work at its F-35 Lightning II wheels and brakes repair depot at Bayswater, Melbourne, providing support for the program in the Indo-Pacific Region, including Australia’s fleet of F-35As.

The company was awarded a $2.26 million federal grant to support the depot, and has partnered with the F-35 Joint Program Office, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Honeywell, and the Australian Department of Defence.

A statement from Defence describes Rosebank as having “a long history of maintenance, repair and overhaul support to the Royal Australian Air Force” on platforms including the recently- retired F/A-18A/B Classic Hornet and the currently in-service F/A-18F Super Hornet.

Head of Aerospace Systems Division, Air Vice-Marshal Graham Edwards, welcomed the depot activation under the F-35 Global Support Solution for aircraft operating or deployed to the Indo-Pacific Region, calling this an important contribution to the F-35 enterprise.

“Australian industry is playing an increasingly important role in the production and sustainment of the global F-35 fleet, which has now reached over 975 aircraft of an expected global fleet of over 3,000,” said Edwards in a statement on Monday.

“To date more than 70 Australian companies have directly shared more than $4.13 billion in global F-35 production and sustainment contracts.”

Rosebank is part of ASDAM Group, which is majority-owned by CPE Capital and holds Marand Precision Engineering, TAE Aerospace and Levett Engineering in its portfolio of companies. 

Picture: Royal Australian Air Force F-35 Lighting II (credit Defence)

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