An online information portal to promote Australian defence industry to the world has been launched by defence, security and aerospace company BAE Systems Australia (BAES Australia).
The online information portal, 'Flightpath', aims to demonstrate the growing breadth of Australian defence industry capability and targets Australian and regional stakeholders with an interest in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in the Australia and Asia-Pacific region.
BAES Australia’s online campaign will promote the long-term benefits of F-35 sustainment work not only for BAE, but for all Australian companies involved, as well as promoting Australia's industry capabilities to the world.
BAES Australia aerospace director Steve Drury said, "Flightpath will help to further entrench collaboration within and between industry, defence and government on the F-35 program not only within Australia, but throughout the region. Our F-35 sustainment teaming partners include some of the biggest companies in the defence industry. They, along with Lockheed Martin, the lead designer and manufacturer of the F-35 Lightning II, amount to a formidable industry base, each with its own stories to tell from technology and capability perspectives."
Flightpath features in-depth information focused on the F-35, including regular updates and contributions from some of Australia’s leading defence/aerospace experts who provide deep subject knowledge from a variety of perspectives. It is expected to appeal to senior decision makers in government and air force in Australia and throughout the Pacific region, as well as leaders from defence industry and its broader supply chain. Influencers from defence and aviation media, and anyone with a passion for the F-35, can visit the site.
Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne congratulated BAES Australia on its innovative approach to providing in-depth information about the JSF program in Australia and the Pacific region.
"Flight Path is designed to profile how Australia will support our local RAAF F-35A aircraft as well as other F-35 aircraft in the Asia-Pacific region as part of the F-35 Global Support System," Minister Pyne said
"Australian government and industry are working together to promote the significant and niche Defence capabilities we can provide global supply chains.
"The benefits the F-35 Program provides to local economies, employment and skills, in addition to global customers, are to be celebrated. Through this portal BAES Australia is doing just that."
Minister Pyne said BAES Australia had been assigned maintenance and repair for F-35 airframes for the south Asia-Pacific region.
"As a key strategic partner in the global F-35 Program, Australia will be an F-35 hub for our region," he said.
"Being a regional hub significantly increases the market for our industry base sustaining the F-35 far more than just maintaining our own 72 F-35A aircraft.
"With more than 3,100 F-35 aircraft worldwide, Australia will maintain regional volumes as a key supplier in the F-35 Global Support Solution.
"So far we have been very successful in F-35 production work with over $800 million in production contracts to date, and we expect to that to reach $2 billion by 2023."
Australian industry also won assignments from the US government across 10 F-35 repair technology groups for aircraft components, which demonstrates international confidence in Australian industry capability and reinforces Australia as an F-35 regional hub.
Flightpath can be accessed here.