F-35 program: Australia and Japan maintenance headquarters for operational aircraft in the Pacific
Maintenance activities on the cell of the F-35 will be provided by Japan and Australia respectively for aircraft in operation on the northern and Southern Pacific. The plants will be operational in both countries by 2018.
The first heavy maintenance on the engines will be made in Australia since the beginning of 2018, the Japan will launch this kind of service from three to five years after. Once the implementation of the activities in the designated offices will be completed, We will evaluate the appropriateness of extending the activities with other partners of the program based on the geographic distribution of aircraft and operational needs.
Source: The Flight