Victoria’s innovative world-class aerospace design and manufacturing capabilities make a significant contribution to Australia’s military aerospace industry. Victoria has over 250 aerospace companies supplying the Australian and global defence and aviation industries.
Victorian companies have 65 per cent by value of all contracts awarded to Australia for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) project - the most of any state. The JSF will supply 72 aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) including associated facilities, weapons and training.
The F-35 Lightning II aircraft will provide the RAAF with a transformational 5th generation fighter capability. The program is already providing significant benefits to the Australian aerospace industry, with more than $1 billion already contracted. This is expected to rise to $5 billion in expected total production orders. Overall, the program is expected to generate $6-9 billion over its life including production, sustainment and modernisation.
The work on the F-35 vertical tails is subcontracted to Victorian-based Marand by BAE Systems and is one of the largest projects for the F-35 in Australia. Marand has also won a contract to design and produce a training system to support installation of the aircraft engine and lift fan.
Other Victorian companies, such as Lovitt Technologies and RUAG Aviation, are also involved.
For further information on Victoria’s aerospace capabilities and supply see Victorian Defence Alliance - Aerospace and the Australian Industry & Defence Network - Victoria.