Local companies share in F-35 contracts

Australian company Nupress Tools has won the contract to provide engine component manufacturing the the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Announced by the Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price, the $250,000 contract involves the purchase of a machining centre, staff training and systems development to support the manufacture of the complex components.

The contract is awarded under the New Air Combat Capability Industry Support Program, which supports Australian businesses to compete for contract within the F-35 program.

Other businesses that have won funding under the program include Norseld Pty Ltd, which received $1 million to design and develop a large coating chamber at their Adelaide facility.

Price is currently visiting the US, and saw the F-35 production line at Lockheed Martin’s Dallas factory, where she noted that Australian businesses had a significant part ot play in the international development of the aircraft.

“Nupress Tools and Norseld are shining examples of Aussie ingenuity in the global F-35 program and are showing the world what our small businesses are capable of in the defence industry,” said Price.

According to Price, over 50 Australian companies have received $1.69 billion in F-35 production contracts.

“The Morrison Government is on track to deliver more than 5,000 jobs by 2023 with Australian businesses sharing more than $2 billion in work on the F-35 JSF,” said Price.

With the Royal Australian Air Force to acquire 72 of the planes, two of the fighters have arrived on local shores.