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Defence Infrastructure Division

Engine Test Cell 1 (ETC1) Upgrade Project

The ETC1 Upgrade Project at RAAF Base Amberley is one of the many defence capability projects that will deliver significant jobs and economic opportunities.

What is the ETC1 Upgrade Project?

RAAF Base Amberley will be the home base for regional F-35 engine depot maintenance, including testing of engines, for all countries operating the F-35 in the Asia-Pacific region. It is also an essential aspect of keeping our planes in the air and ensuring safe operations, as well as ensuring Amberley’s long-term role as a maintenance provider.

The ETC1 Upgrade Project involves the restructure and upgrade of the existing ETC1 facility at RAAF Base Amberley to enable testing of an uninstalled F- 35 engine, while retaining the ability to test the Super Hornet and Growler engines.

The ETC1 Upgrade Project represents a $23.7 million investment in Defence capability.

Subject to Parliamentary approval, ETC1 Upgrade construction is proposed to begin in second-quarter of 2018 and conclude by fourth-quarter 2019.

The Australian F-35A Project

The Australian F-35A Project is more than just the delivery of a new fighter capability, the project will also deliver facilities, weapons and new support systems to meet the fifth generation requirements.

The Project will transform Australian industry as it supports the F-35A capability and provides Australia with long-term economic benefits.

Over 50 Australian companies have directly shared in more than AU$800 million in production contracts to date.

Learn more about the Australian F-35A Project and Australian industry participation in the F-35 Program.

Public Information Session

A public information session was held on Thursday, 7 December 2017.

For more information, email:
For general information about RAAF Base Amberley, phone: 1800 817 751