Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Melissa Price MP, announced the grants for Axiom, Moog and A.W. Bell. 

Family-owned South Australian business, NuMetric (trading as Axiom) has been awarded $809,998 to purchase a five-axis three metre vertical computer numerical control machine and train staff in its operation.

Axiom has also recently been working with Defence to produce face shields for frontline health workers in response to COVID-19.

“This demonstrated the highly-advanced manufacturing capacity we have in our defence industry and why it’s important to invest in these capabilities. The funding we’re providing Axiom will enable them to invest in new equipment to ramp up their involvement in the F-35 program, which leads to the creation of more local jobs and opportunities in their supply chain.”

Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price

Victorian-based based A.W. Bell has been awarded $250,000 to invest in its Dandenong South casting and production facility, to improve competitiveness and reduce risk for the F-35 global supply chain.

Moog has also been awarded $250,000 to undertake a study and capability gap analysis to prepare for the sustainment phase of the F-35 Global Support Solution. This analysis is the first step towards Moog becoming a qualified repair source for sustainment under the F-35 Program.

Joint Strike Fighter program

The Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is a fifth-generation fighter which combines advanced stealth features with fighter speed and agility, fully fused sensor information, network-enabled operations and advanced sustainment

The F-35 is the Australian Defence Force’s first fifth-generation air combat capability. It is a highly advanced multi-role, supersonic, stealth fighter designed to meet Australia’s requirements to defend against current and emerging threats.

Over the coming years, Australia will purchase 72 of the advanced fifth-generation fighter aircraft as part of the $17 billion AIR 6000 Phase 2A/B program – which are to replace the ageing F/A-18A/B Classic Hornets that have been in service with the RAAF since 1985.

The F-35 is developed, produced and supported by an international team of leading aerospace companies, including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and Pratt & Whitney.

The F-35 global supply chain spans nine partner countries including Australia. To date, more than 50 Australian companies have shared in almost AUD$1.8 billion in production contracts as part of the global F-35 Program, employing over 2,400 Australians.

What funding is available to support involvement in JSF?

The New Air Combat Capability – Industry Support Program (NACC-ISP) has provided funding for Australian businesses and research organisations since 2011 to help them win work in the Joint Strike Fighter program.

The NACC-ISP is now coming to a close. However, the CDIC is working with Defence to develop a new Joint Strike Fighter Industry Support Program – Sustainment Grant which aims to support the sustainment phase of the Joint Strike Fighter program. This new grant program is designed to qualify companies to provide maintenance and repair activities for Joint Strike Fighter components, and is expected to be launched in financial year 2020/21.

Find out more

For more information on CDIC grants and to apply for funding, visit Grants for defence industry.