Hunter Company Helps Put Fighter in the Air
A Hunter-based company will help keep the Joint Strike Fighter in the air after winning a contract to manufacture parts for the engine that powers the global F-35 fleet.
Nupress Tools Pty Ltd and F-35 Program prime contractor Pratt & Whitney have signed a seven-year multi-million dollar contract to produce precision machined small parts for the F135 engine.
Minister for Defence, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, said work was expected to commence within 12 months and highlighted the Governmentâ€™s commitment to growing Australiaâ€™s defence industry capability.
â€œUnder this contract Nupress expect to produce 50 per cent of the global supply of five engine components for Pratt & Whitney,â€ Minister Pyne said.
â€œThis is a fantastic achievement and I congratulate Nupressâ€™ management and staff for their dedication to the global F-35 Program and Australiaâ€™s national security,â€ Minister Pyne said.
â€œThis new work will build on Nupressâ€™ existing contribution to the F-35 Program. The company already supplies Joint Strike Fighter canopy slings to the Varley Group, which is also based in the Hunter region.â€
Minister for Defence Industry, Senator the Hon Linda Reynolds, CSC, said this additional work would create more jobs for Australians in the Hunter, building on the companyâ€™s current 50-strong workforce of structural and mechanical engineers, drafting, machinist, finance and administrative professionals.
â€œThe small machined parts Nupress will manufacture for the F135 engine include components such as brackets, clamps, tubes and adaptors,â€ Senator Reynolds said.
â€œThis is another example of our outstanding performance in the global Joint Strike Fighter Program, with Australian industry already having shared in more than $1.3 billion in global production contracts to date.â€
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