Northrop Grumman Australia, a fully owned subsidiary of Northrop Grumman Corporation, recently welcomed the announcement of the assignment of maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade (MRO&U) work for the multinational F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Under this assignment announcement, Northrop Grumman Australia and fellow Australian companies, BAE Systems, MOOG, RUAG, NIOA, Survitec, and GE Aviation, will provide the capabilities underpinning thirteen of seventeen MRO&U component repair technology groups assigned to the Asia-Pacific region.

These categories, assigned to Australian industry by the U.S. Department of Defense for the sustainment of F-35 Lightning IIs based in the Asia-Pacific region, include depot repair for avionics, munitions/weapons delivery, canopy systems, aircraft composite structure, electro-optical systems, electrical components, valves, auxiliary power systems, hydraulics, pneumatics, pneudraulics, hydro-mechanical systems, landing gear, life support and pumps.

“Northrop Grumman Australia continues to be fully committed to growing its in-country technical sustainment workforce and capabilities, and this work will allow us to continue supporting the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) mission and the Australian defence industry at large,” said Warren King, interim chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia.

“We are grateful to our industry teammates, the Australian JSF Division, the Commonwealth government, and the U.S. JPO for this recognition.”

Northrop Grumman’s capabilities related to F-35 are reinforced by the company’s support to the RAAF’s KC-30A Multi-Role Tanker Transport, Special Purpose Aircraft fleet and C-27J Spartan battlefield airlifter.

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captain P Wash.


Excuse me but, WTF ? RAOTFLMFAO.

Daniele Mandelli

Love that photo of Brit F35’s.

captain P Wash.

Daniele, It was a Photoshopped Image Created by Airfix.

Might be wrong though.

Daniele Mandelli


I thought that was the arrival of our first group of 35s at Marham!

What Airfix Photoshop??

captain P Wash.

Yup, BAE never seem to get their Glue Consistency right. Until at least, Batch 3 .

T.I.C. post. !!!!!

Oscar Zulu
Oscar Zulu

First two of 10 delivered F35A airframes (out of current order of 72) now in Australia. Remaining 8 part of the international training pool at USAF’s Luke AFB.

The first squadron of 24 aircraft, Number 3 Squadron, will be operational in 2021. All 72 aircraft are expected to be fully operational by 2023.


As much as I like intranational cooperation it clearly is a terrible idea when it comes to sovereign capability. The Germans block us now with eurofighter so what happens with the F35 when one of the international supplier’s gets the hump? It would stop production for everyone