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Australia Holds JSF Technology & Innovation Conference

Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Materiel and Science, today opened the fourth Australian JSF Technology & Innovation Conference in Melbourne.

“The conference will allow over 200 of Australia’s leading academic, technical and industry innovators to explore opportunities to be involved in the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program, now and into the future” said Mr Combet

“The JSF Program offers immense opportunities for Australian industry potentially creating several thousand long-term jobs, whether it is through the development of new markets or the chance to enter into global supply chains.”

“For example, the potential for Australia to become a global supplier of titanium and titanium components for the aerospace sector is one area being considered by the conference,

“Opportunities for Australian Small to Medium Enterprises to win work in global supply chains of large primes and their second and third tier suppliers are also being explored.

“These opportunities do often present challenges for local industry as the upfront investment is significant to improve capability and increase capacity.

“To help overcome these challenges the Government is working with the JSF prime contractors to develop long-term agreements with Australian companies so that the industry has the confidence to make the necessary investments to win this work.

“I am also pleased to announce that $8.5 million of funding had been approved by the Government to help industry overcome early investment challenges.”

“This support will be targeted at technological developments that will enhance Australian involvement in the program, investments that will increase the opportunities for small Australian companies to become involved and also encourage innovation by Australian industry which has applications for JSF follow-on development.”

“This targeted support – along with support from other government programs – is particularly important as the focus shifts to greater engagement in JSF production, sustainment and follow-on development,” said Minister Combet.

Mr Combet also congratulated the 28 Australian companies that have already won work in the face of stiff international competition on the JSF Program.

Australian Technology and Innovation for JSF