HI-TECH machine to produce 20,000 parts for Joint Strike Fighter

111003-O-ZZ999-002A HI-TECH machine to make tail parts for Joint Strike Fighter aircraft is expected to produce 20,000 components over the next two decades.

Based at BAE Systems, at Edinburgh Parks, the $20 million machine is expected to pump out more than 20,000 titanium aircraft tail parts over the next 20 years.  The machine is the only one of its type in the Southern Hemisphere.

BAE Systems chief executive David Allott said the machine could also produce parts for commercial aircraft and marine vessels and the company was in discussions with US businesses about expanding its output.

The technology enables machining of 4.5m pieces of titanium and is precise to within 30 microns, or half the width of a human hair.

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