In what is a shining example for Australian Defence Industry, Victorian-based company Chemring Australia recently secured a $US107.5 million contract awarded by the F-35 Joint Program Office.

The contract is for the production and delivery of counter-measure flares for Australian, United States and international F-35 operators. 

The Managing Director of Chemring Australia, Joe Farrah, said the company had demonstrated beyond doubt that export success in Defence industry was possible for Australian small to medium enterprises.

“Our success comes after many years of working with US Naval Air Systems Command and other US stakeholders, along with the Joint Strike Fighter Branch and Explosive Materiel Branch within CASG,” Mr Farrah said.

“It is great to see the Australian Defence Industry sector thriving, and while there is always going to be a need for people with Defence Industry experience, we also need people who can bring alternative and fresh perspectives from other sectors to drive innovation at Chemring Australia.

“In return our company offers a unique and rewarding environment, working within a team that creates world-class, high tech solutions to deliver counter-measures, protecting military platforms like the F-35, which our employees find pretty cool.

“We are one of a number of companies to demonstrate the profile of manufacturing and employment available in Geelong and confirms the region as a skilled Defence industry manufacturing hub.”

Mr Farrah said the workforce was justifiably proud of the latest achievement.

“This not only provides certainty and job security, it also positions our business to approach new markets and opportunities with confidence.

“Having been successful with initial F-35 contract awards in late 2018, we increased our workforce from a single-shift to a three-shift 24-hour, five-day operation in early 2019, a threefold increase in our workforce.”

To date, up to 50 Australian companies have shared in almost $A1.7 billion in production contracts as part of the global F-35 Program.