Australia — Defence launches Industry Support Program for Joint Strike Fighter

The Depart­ment of Defence today launched the New Air Com­bat Capa­bil­i­ty Indus­try Sup­port Pro­gram pro­vid­ing $8.2 mil­lion to sup­port Aus­tralian indus­try and research organ­i­sa­tions involved in the Joint Strike Fight­er (JSF) Pro­gram.

Defence Materiel Organisation’s Pro­gram Man­ag­er New Air Com­bat Capa­bil­i­ty Air Vice-Mar­shal Kym Osley said that by launch­ing the grants pro­gram both the Gov­ern­ment and Defence were fos­ter­ing the devel­op­ment of new or improved local indus­try capa­bil­i­ties that direct­ly sup­port the JSF Pro­gram.

The grants pro­gram offers fund­ing out to 2014 for:

  • devel­op­ment of a JSF tech­nol­o­gy capa­bil­i­ty that has mul­ti­ple appli­ca­tions (up to $1 mil­lion);
  • devel­op­ment of a JSF indus­try capa­bil­i­ty that enhances a company’s com­pet­i­tive­ness in win­ning work in the JSF Pro­gram, or to engage in a study that relates to a required JSF capa­bil­i­ty require­ment (up to $250,000); and,
  • research projects that lead to JSF indus­try capa­bil­i­ty enhance­ments or man­u­fac­tur­ing improve­ments (up to $300,000).

So far near­ly 30 Aus­tralian com­pa­nies have won work on the JSF Pro­gram worth more than US$250 mil­lion. 

Long-term agree­ments have also been made with a num­ber of the JSF prime con­trac­tors and their sup­pli­ers that are expect­ed to deliv­er con­sid­er­ably more work – poten­tial­ly in the bil­lions of dol­lars.

Air Vice-Mar­shal Osley said the prospect of Aus­tralian indus­try win­ning this work and the cre­ation of sev­er­al thou­sand jobs over the 20 to 30 year life of the JSF Pro­gram will be great­ly enhanced by pro­vid­ing fund­ing assis­tance under the New Air Com­bat Capa­bil­i­ty Indus­try Sup­port Pro­gram.

The Defence Indus­try Pol­i­cy State­ment released in mid 2010 detailed plans for the grant pro­gram that was estab­lished in con­junc­tion with Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment approval to buy the JSF.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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