Hunter Valley based manufacturing company marks major milestone in Australia’s industrial participation with Fifth Generation F-35 arrival

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The arrival of the first two Fifth Generation F-35A aircraft to the Royal Australian Airforce, Williamtown marks a monumental milestone for Varley Defence in design and manufacturing in Australia.


Varley’s work on the F-35 Program has cut across both Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman with the Landing Gear Handling System (LGHS) commencing in February 2004, Canopy Maintenance Sling assembly to Lockheed Martin in 2005, the Aircraft Maintenance Sling to Northrop Grumman in 2005 and the Deployable Data Management System (DDMS) Shelters for Lockheed Martin Australia in 2018.


Since Varley’s involvement in the System Development and Demonstration phase of the F-35 Program, the company has maintained its status as a strategic supplier by demonstrating their ability to supply best-value products, on-time delivery through Lean Manufacturing and innovation to the Defence and Aerospace markets.


Varley are proud to be an integral supplier to the F-35 program and is one of two Australian companies that has designed, developed and manufactured equipment for the program, earning the coverted status of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer).


“A wonderful day for Australia to witness the arrival of the first two F-35 aircraft.” said Jeff Phillips, Managing Director.


“It’s fabulous to see the fruits of our labour and end outcomes of many years of hard efforts on the F-35 JSF program.”


“It was an opportune moment to interact with Lockheed Martin senior executive team and support other Australian industry companies like Varley.”

About Varley Defence

Headquartered in Tomago, Varley Defence is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Varley Group. The company employs more than 850 people in Australia and 100 people in the US working on a wide range of major programs spanning the aerospace, defence,  specialised vehicles, and civil sectors.