JSF injects $554m to Australian industry

The Joint Strike Fighter
The Joint Strike Fighter - Image by Lockheed Martin

“I believe there is no other program that better demonstrates the value of partnership between Defence and industry to build capability than the F-35 program,” Deputy Secretary CASG, Mr Kim Gillis said at the 2016 Defence and Industry Conference.

 

“With more than half a billion dollars-worth of work already won by Australian industry in the production phase of the F-35 program, Defence and industry are now working together on a range of new opportunities," said Gillis.

“Australian industry has already secured $US554.5 million of F-35 work with more opportunities to come as F-35 production more than triples over the next four years.

“It’s exceptional that Australian industry is supplying components to the entire fleet of F-35s with around 3000 aircraft expected to be manufactured worldwide.”

Defence estimates that Australian industry performance in production will reach $US2 billion by 2023 with further opportunities beyond.

“The F-35 Program embodies our approach and will enhance the partnership between Defence and industry in the future,” Gillis said.

“While the achievements in the program so far have been in design and production, the F-35 Global Support System is developing with a new round of opportunities now available.

“As a key F-35 partner and the only partner permanently located in the Asia-Pacific region, Australia has the opportunity to strengthen the F-35 Global Support System and increase affordability and availability for global F-35 customer’s world-wide.

“Australian industry is central to an effective, affordable and sustainable Defence capability and we appreciate their ongoing commitment to delivering not only the F-35 program, but across the broad spectrum of Defence projects.”

Lockheed Martin Australia stated, "In addition to the F-35A providing military strength for the RAAF, the F-35 program is already contributing to the industrial base in Australia. As a program partner, Australian businesses have the opportunity to supply components for the entire F-35 fleet, not just Australian aircraft. These high-tech industry jobs contribute to economic growth in cities around the country, setting up the industrial base with the technology transfer required to remain competitive in the global aerospace marketplace well into the future."

 

Australian Industry Participation

Vertical tail – Marand

Composite parts – Quickstep

Avionics chassis machining and vacuum brazing – TAE, Levett, Ferra and HTA

Airframe component machining - Lovitt, Ferra, Levett and Aerostaff

Electro-optical components – Rockwell Collins Australia and AW Bell

Engine material, components and analysis – Wasa, Levett, Ferra and PHM Technologies

Tooling – Marand, Broens and Hofman Metaltec

Actuators (landing gear, bay doors and utility) – RUAG Australia and Goodrich Customer Services Australia

Flares – Chemring Australia

Weapons adaptors & vehicle system components – Ferra

Radar, CNI & EW components & TPS development – Cablex, BAE Systems Australia, AW Bell, Micreo, Partech Systems, Levett and CSC Australia

Voice recognition software – Adacel

Corrosion sensors – BAE Systems Australia

Engine removal and installation trailer – Marand

Ground support handling fixtures – Varley and Broens

Shipping containers – Trimcast

Coatings, platings and finishes – Electromold, SEC Plating and RUAG Australia

Engineering support – Thales Australia

Thermal processing – HTA

JSF studies – Calytrix, BAE Systems Australia, Marand and QinetiQ Australia

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