Local Member for Mackellar Jason Falinski, today welcomed the Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP’s announcement that Australia has been chosen to provide Maintenance, Repair, Overhaul and Upgrade for the componentry of the Joint Strike Fighter in the Asia Pacific Region.
Alongside Mr Pyne, Mr Falinski welcomed the United States Government announcement that Australia is one of just four countries which will be a regional hub for the maintenance of the Joint Strike Fighter as a red letter day for Australia’s defence industry.
“This will be a real boon for Australia and proves, yet again, that our defence industry can equal, and in fact beat the best in the world when it comes to advanced manufacturing” said Mr Pyne.
“While contracts need to be finalised, it is estimated that this initial work will be worth between $80 and $100 million AUD in today’s dollars.
Partner countries in the JSF program were asked to bid in eleven component categories, Australia, remarkably, was successful in ten.
“Today is a great day for H.I. Fraser headquartered in Warriewood, who has won a contract as a collaborator alongside RUAG for the Joint Strike Fighter project” said Mr Falinski.
“I congratulate H.I. Fraser who will pursue componentry work on refuelling valves and auxiliary power systems.
The Joint Strike Fighter programme has been lucrative for Australia to date, with Australian industry already achieving more than $800 million in contracts from F-35 design and production work.
Australian industry has further opportunities available in the F-35 Program with two additional F-35 Requests for Information recently issued to Australian companies for non-air vehicle Deeper Level Repair components and regional warehousing.