Agreement ensures long-term commitment to Joint Strike Fighter

Defence has signed an agreement with Lockheed Martin Australia and Lockheed Martin Corporation to ensure the effective long-term sustainment of the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter capability in Australia.

intellectual property, technical data and software arrangements for Australia’s direct sovereign sustainment contracts with Lockheed Martin entities.

The Minister for Defence, Christopher Pyne, visited the Lockheed Martin Australia F-35A Joint Strike Fighter display at the Avalon Air Show.

“The Heads of Agreement provides certainty and clarity to Australia by pre-agreeing the intellectual property, technical data and software contract provisions,” said Pyne.

“This creates an environment where Defence – should it decide to enter into new contracts with different companies for various services such as training – will be able to seek the intellectual property, technical data and software it needs through the United States F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin.”

The Minister for Defence Industry, Steven Ciobo, said having a settled framework was important, due to the complexities associated with the global F-35 Program.

“The Heads of Agreement will minimise the time and effort taken by the Australian government and Lockheed Martin in establishing any Australian sovereign sustainment contracts with local industry,” said Ciobo.

“Already, Australian local industry has secured more than $1.3 billion in contracts from F-35 design and production work – and many more Australian companies stand to benefit from future sustainment work,” he said.