F-35 Program – A Defence Industry Exemplar
15 June 2016
The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program exemplifies the thread of this year’s Defence and Industry Conference.
Deputy Secretary Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group, Mr Kim Gillis, made the comments at the 2016 Defence and Industry Conference being held today in Canberra.
“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,” Mr Gillis said.
“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.
“Australian industry has already secured US$554.5 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 US$2 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,” Mr 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.”
A graphic of Australian Industry participation in the F-35 Program is available athttp://www.defence.gov.au/casg/Multimedia/F-35-Australian-Suppliers-9-7129.pdf