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25 February 2019 Posted by 


Defence industry star keeps expanding
A SUBSTANTIAL amount of the content of the first two F-35A Joint Strike Fighters (JSF) to arrive in Australia from the USA was manufactured at Bankstown.
That will be the situation when the RAAF’s total order of 72 jets are delivered Lockheed Martin
Quickstep Holdings based at Bankstown Airport is an approved supplier for the JSF program.
“We’ve got substantial content on every JSF that rolls of the production line at Fort Worth, Texas, in northern Italy and soon in Japan,” said Quickstep CEO, Mark Burgess following the arrival of two aircraft at RAAF Williamtown.
Quickstep builds 35 parts for the JSF, including production of the composite parts which make up about 45 per cent of the twin tails of each aircraft, using state‐of‐the‐art aerospace manufacturing equipment
The two jets at RAAF Williamtown are the first to be purchased by the Australian government; the budget is set at $17B for a total of 72 aircraft.
Sales of JSF components last year accounted for about 60 percent of the company’s revenue of $59 million, which is expected to grow by 20 per cent this year.  
Quickstep won the Premier’s Export Award in the NSW Defence Industries category for 2018
"This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Quickstep team and we are pleased that we have been recognised for our defence export achievements and our contribution to NSW’s economy and job creation in the state,” Mr Burgess said. 
“We’re growing at a very rapid rate and we’ve got a very solid base on which to build and secure additional work on F-35 and C130 parts and to find new work.”
Quickstep is one of more than 50 Australian companies participating in various stages of the F-35 program to date
Australian industry has secured over $1.3B in production contracts through the program, with additional work expected as the production rate ramps up over the next three years.


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