Industry Participation

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.

Australian industry exceeds AU$1 billion milestone in F-35 Production contracts

On 13 February 2018, the Minister for Defence Industry announced that Australian industry had collectively been awarded over $1 billion in production contracts for the global F-35 Program.

Further information on Australian industry participation – including the release of 15 company stories that highlight their journey and involvement with the F-35 Program – is now available:
·  View the 48 page booklet      
·  View the four page brochure.

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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$1 billion 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.

Contracts secured to date range from the provision of treated raw materials to high-end manufacturing of components and sub-assemblies, software development and production of sensitive technologies. These capabilities have application on other Defence platforms, as well as other sectors of the Australian economy.

The F-35 Program is providing a catalyst for Australian industry to be able to access these global markets.

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.

F-35 Australian industry participation

Each of the Australian companies involved in supporting the F-35 Program has their own unique story of their journey on the F-35 Program.

Fifteen company stories have been developed that highlight their journey and involvement with the F-35 Program: 

  • AW Bell
  • BAE Systems Australia
  • Ferra Engineering
  • GKN
  • HTA
  • KBR
  • Levett Engineering
  • Lovitt Technologies Australia
  • Marand
  • Quickstep
  • Rockwell Collins
  • RUAG Australia
  • TAE Aerospace
  • Varley Group
  • Western Australian Specialty Alloys

Key Australian companies who have shared in AU$1 billion in F-35 Production contracts

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View the full graphic of F-35 Australian industry participation (including design and production support to F-35

Independent assessment of F-35 impact on 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).

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