More Australian-made composites for F-35s

Composite manufacturer Quickstep, based in Western Sydney, will manufacture 10 new parts for the global F-35 program.

The parts will be incorporated into the centre fuselage, and brings to 45 the number of unique components that Quickstep already produces for the Joint Strike Fighter Program.

“This assignment is a testament to Quickstep’s invaluable work in the Australian defence industry and its export success,” said Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price.

According to Price, the latest round of orders for Quickstep will add between $3-4 million in annual revenue once full rate production begins.

“There is currently US$250,000 worth of Australian Quickstep equipment on every F-35 JSF globally,” said Price.

Price recently visited the US where she advocated for Australian manufacturers such as Quickstep to grow their involvement in the F-35 program to lead manufacturer Lockheed Martin and other subcontractors such as Northrop Grumman.

“I knocked on the doors of the Pentagon, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to fight for more Australian F-35 work,” said Price.

“This is a great start, but I will continue to advocate for more Australian work in the F-35 program.”

50 Australian companies are involved in the overall F-35 program, and share in over $1.69 billion in contracts.