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Joint Strike Fighter

INNOVATION AND ADVANCED MANUFACTURING

Victoria’s innovative world-class aerospace design and manufacturing capabilities make a significant contribution to Australia’s military aerospace industry. Victoria has over 100 aerospace companies supplying the Australian and global defence and aviation industries.

THE FORCE BEHIND THE JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER

Victorian companies have 64 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 planes to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) including associated facilities, weapons and training. The F-35 Lightning aircraft will provide the RAAF with a transformational 5th generation fighter capability and provides significant benefits to the Australian aerospace industry with more than $550 million (USD) already contracted and $6 billion (USD) expected manufacturing orders over the life of the program.

COLLABORATION IN AVIATION

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.

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