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Australian Govt. Opens JSF Technology Conference

The third Australian Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Advanced Technology and Innovation Conference was opened in Melbourne today by the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, Bruce Billson.

The conference is a key Government initiative to position Australian industry and research organisations to be able to engage in the JSF follow-on development and technology refresh programs over the life of the JSF Program.

The United States Department of Defense, JSF Program Office and the JSF prime contractors Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Northrop Grumman, Pratt and Whitney, Rolls-Royce and General Electric are key participants in the conference.

Mr Billson said the conference follows 12 months of canvassing Australian universities and other research and development organisations to identify research being undertaken which may be applicable to future JSF development.

“To date, 22 Australian companies have won some $150 million in the system development and demonstration phase of the JSF Program,” Mr Billson said.

“Significantly larger returns are expected as we enter the production phase.

“For the future, some 150 proposals from Australian research and development organisations are being considered for their potential to contribute to JSF follow-on development or to improve JSF manufacturing processes.”

Australian JSF Advanced Technology & Innovation Conference