ADELAIDE, Australia, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- Titanium components for F-35 Lightning II aircraft are to be produced at new manufacturing facilities in Australia.
The plants are a joint project by BAE Systems Australia and Rosebank Engineering and are being built in collaboration with the South Australia state government.
"By Rosebank Engineering and BAE Systems coming together to build these world-class facilities a significant capability gap in Australian aerospace manufacturing will be bridged," said BAE Systems Chief Executive David Allott.
"This agreement will create new jobs within the state and demonstrates the South Australian government's long-term commitment to becoming a high-tech manufacturing leader with an important role in the JSF supply chain over the next 20 years."
The operation is being set up in Edinburgh Parks, South Australia, and will manufacture titanium components for the commercial use as well as for the military.
The BAE plant will machine thin-wall aerospace components, while the Rosebank operation will conduct metal finishing processes.
No date for the opening of the operation, which will be the largest in Australia, was given.