“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