I was proud to join Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne for the historic arrival of Australia’s first two F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft today at the Australian International Air Show in Avalon.
The arrival demonstrates the multi-billion dollar Fifth Generation stealth fighter jet program is not only greatly enhancing our defence capability but also creating thousands of jobs and driving economic growth.
Australia has committed to 72 of the F-35A aircraft to address Australia’s future threat environment and replace the ageing fleet of F/A-18A/B Hornet fleet.
More than 50 Australian businesses have already shared in $800 million of value in the F-35 production program which has created 2,400 jobs across the country including local companies Marand and Chemring Australia.
Marand, which has a strong presence in Geelong, is playing a very important role in this project, manufacturing high-tech trailers and parts of the vertical tails for the aircraft.
Chemring is producing countermeasure flares for the JSF program.
Spending our defence dollar locally and promoting our defence industry globally is part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to creating high tech manufacturing jobs.
3 March 2017