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Industry Canada

November 22, 2010 10:45 ET

Joint Strike Fighter Program Continues to Deliver for Canadian Industry

MONTRÉAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 22, 2010) - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of State (Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec), met with Quebec aerospace industry representatives today at the headquarters of Aéro Montréal, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, to discuss Canada's participation in the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program and commitment to purchase the F-35. Minister of State Lebel highlighted the economic benefits being created across the country as a result of Canada's participation in the JSF program — the single largest fighter aircraft program in history.

"Canada's participation in the JSF program is generating significant economic returns for Canadian companies," said Minister of State Lebel. "I am proud that the Government of Canada's commitment to the JSF program is creating high-quality, long-term jobs for our first-class firms in Quebec and across Canada."

The economic benefits of this program are already being realized across Canada, including Quebec, an important aerospace and defence hub. This investment is needed now to ensure the long-term strength of our world-class aerospace industry.

The JSF program provides an unprecedented opportunity for Canadian firms to take part in the global supply chains that will define the aerospace and defence sectors for the next 40 years. Canada joined the program in 1997 in anticipation of the need to replace the Canadian Forces' current fleet of CF-18s. To date, Canada has invested approximately $168 million in the JSF program; since 2002, this investment has led to more than $350 million in contracts with more than 60 Canadian companies, research laboratories and universities.

Through the JSF program, Canadian companies will be guaranteed access to competitive opportunities in the JSF partnership, including an estimated $12 billion in potential industrial opportunities for work on the aircraft platform. Purchasing the F-35 aircraft now ensures that Canadian companies can access high-value, long-term JSF work by allowing them enough lead time to ramp up for the production, sustainment and follow-on development phases of the program.

The development of the F-35 is the largest cooperative program of its kind since World War II. This United States–led partnership includes Canada, Australia, Denmark, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

As a partner nation, Canada is in a position to secure high-value work well beyond the 65 planes that it is purchasing. The JSF program is giving Canadian aerospace firms a clear competitive advantage by ensuring priority access to the global supply chain for over 3,100 new planes.

For more information on the Joint Strike Fighter program, please visit the National Defence website (www.forces.gc.ca/site/news-nouvelles/news-nouvelles-eng.asp?cat=00&id=3471).

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