Tuesday, 14 March 2017
The historic arrival of Australia’s first two F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft today at the Australian International Air Show in Avalon Victoria, demonstrates the multi-billion dollar Fifth Generation stealth fighter jet program is not only delivering for our defence capability but also creating jobs and driving economic growth.
Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja said Australia has committed to 72 of the F-35A aircraft to address Australia’s future threat environment and replace the ageing fleet of F/A-18A/B Hornet fleet.
“More than 50 Australian businesses have already shared in $800 million of value in the F-35 production program which has created 2,400 jobs across the country,” Senator Seselja said.
“In the next six years it is anticipated this number will double to 5,000 jobs nationwide, with Canberra standing to benefit with a number of businesses involved in the JSF production and maintenance program.
“Spending our defence dollar locally and promoting our defence industry globally is part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to creating high tech manufacturing jobs.
“I am particularly proud of the work done by Qinetiq Consulting and KBR Training Solutions as they demonstrate the best of Australian defence industry innovation, securing jobs in Australia but more importantly in our region,” Senator Seselja concluded