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Australia to provide support for new JSF aircraft

The new defence white paper will outline future spending for the sector."

The Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft on the way to Australia will provide the nation with enhanced defence capabilities, but there are also additional benefits.

Minister for Defence Senator David Johnston announced on December 18 that the US Department of Defence had chosen Australia as the F-35 support nation in the Asia Pacific region.

Basically, this means Australian defence and aerospace industries will provide critical maintenance and support for regional buyers of the highly advanced strike aircraft.

"The US Department of Defense has determined that Australian industry will provide support to both JSF airframes and engines in the Asia Pacific region," Senator Johnston said.

"The JSF is the most advanced and complex fighter aircraft in development or production in the world."

According to the Minister, Australia could receive in excess of $1.5 billion thanks to the support of this aircraft over the entire operational lifetime. This includes all production and support work.

"Australia being selected to provide regional support reflects the world-leading capabilities our Defence and Aerospace industries possess, it is an outstanding endorsement. Australia is well placed to be assigned further work as part of the F-35 global support system," the Minister explained.

The aircraft have not yet become fully operational, as manufacturer Lockheed Martin is still in the final stages of assigning maintenance hubs and actually delivering the planes.

Once they arrive, however, Australia will stand to assert better control over national airspace than ever before - equipped with the most advanced military aircraft available.

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