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Local companies in striking distance of JSF success.



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Media Release The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

  23 October 2002 02/201

 

LOCAL COMPANIES IN STRIKING DISTANCE OF JSF SUCCESS   There's good news in the mail for at least nineteen Australian companies who can expect to receive Letters of Intent from the proponents of the global Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program this week.

Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane today announced that primary contractors, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems, have identified individual companies for work under the System Design and Demonstration phase of the US $200 billion multi-national project.

"These Australian companies are now on a prestigious short-list. This project has been thrown open on an international scale, suppliers are being sourced on a best-value basis, it's a level global playing field on which Australian companies are swinging for home runs," said Mr Macfarlane.

"The letters signal the proponents' confidence in Australian companies to successfully nail down significant contracts. They've been invited to bid for work worth up to US $400 million following two scoping studies by Lockheed Martin. This is an auspicious first step."

Companies to receive Letters of Intent include:

  Hawker de Haviland, whose ability to develop and manufacture world class advanced composite aero-structures has drawn the interest of Lockheed Martin;

 

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  Micreo, a Brisbane-based SME, who have been advised that their capabilities in Electronic Warfare components are of interest to BAE Systems;

 

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  Vipac, a South Australian firm, has capabilities in aircraft prognostics that are of interest to Lockheed Martin and jet engine contractors GE/Rolls Royce and Pratt and Whitney;

 

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Varley Engineering, from the Hunter region, capable of designing and manufacturing ground support equipment for the one mile (1.5km) long JSF production line;

 

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  CEA Technologies, a Canberra-based firm, which will build on its unique active phase array radar products, currently exported to the US for defence uses.

 

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"They are coming in on the ground floor, to work alongside the world�s best in the development of intellectual property and technology. They will have a footprint on the project, not simple build according to the plan," he said.

The two prime engine contractors, GE/Rolls Royce and Pratt and Whitney, have also expressed a desire to develop Technical Assistance Agreements with some 25 Australian businesses.

JSF Design and Development Opportunities

Australian companies to receive Letters of Intent:

Adacel Victoria

ADI Advanced Systems Sydney

BAE Systems Adelaide and Newcastle

Boeing Australia Brisbane

CEA Technologies ACT

Compucat ACT

CSC Australia Nowra, NSW

DSTO Melbourne

Flightstat Surfers Paradise

Haliburton KBR ACT

Hawker de Haviland Sydney and Melbourne

(with GKN Engage and Marand Precision Engineering)

Micreo Brisbane

Mincom Brisbane

Raytheon Australia Adelaide and Sydney

RLM Melbourne

Tenix Adelaide and Melbourne

Thales Sydney and Brisbane

Varley Newcastle

Vipacs Adelaide

Media contact: Kirsty Boazman 02 6277 7580  0412 171 444

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