The F-35 Program is transforming Australian industry as it contributes to the global production of F-35 capability and prepares to support both Australian and regional F-35 support solutions.
The JSF Division within the Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group (CASG) is working closely with the US Government and the Prime contractors (Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney) to identify opportunities to expand Australian industry participation in the global F-35 Program.
Early commitment to the global cooperative F-35 Program has secured Australia as a key strategic partner and enabled Australian industry access to global supply chains. This has already contributed significantly to Australia’s economy with Australian industry having secured over AU$800 million in production contracts to date through the global F-35 Program, with additional work expected as the production rate ramps up over the next three years.
The key target that Defence has set for Australian industry participation in the F-35 Program is between AU$6‑9 billion of production and sustainment work, through to 2050.
Independent assessment of F-35 impact on the Australian economy
In February 2017, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) released an independent assessment of the impact the F-35 Program is having on the Australian economy.
The report forecasts that the F-35 Program would support an additional 6,000 jobs and add AU$1.2 billion to Australia gross domestic product (GDP) by 2038, if approximately AU$5 billion (adjusted for exchange rates) in production contracts are awarded to Australian companies.
View the full PwC report: Economic impact of Australian industry participation in the Joint Strike Fighter program.
New Air Combat Capability Industry Support Program
To support Australian industry in overcoming the barriers to entry and participating in the global F-35 Program the New Air Combat Capability Industry Support Program (NACC–ISP) was established.
Learn more about the NACC-ISP.
Global Support Solution
Australian industry continues to benefit from the growing capability and capacity opportunities associated with the size and scale of the F-35 global enterprise, principally through the F-35 Global Support Solution (GSS).
In early 2015, the US Government made regional assignments for F-35 airframe and engine depot maintenance:
- BAE Systems Australia, based at Williamtown in New South Wales, was assigned regional F-35 airframe depot maintenance responsibility for the South Asia-Pacific region
- TAE Aerospace, based at Amberley in Queensland, was assigned regional F-35 engine depot maintenance responsibility for the Asia-Pacific region.
In November 2016, the US Government assigned Australian industry regional depot maintenance responsibility to BAE Systems, GE Aviation, Northrop Grumman and RUAG for 64 of the first 65 aircraft components to be assigned as part of the GSS.
In August 2017, BAE Systems Australia was assigned the regional warehouse for the Asia-Pacific region.
Regional assignments for the next tranche of aircraft components (approximately 400) are expected to occur in the latter part of 2018.
If you are interested in getting involved in the F-35 Program, please contact the
Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC).