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Industry Canada

December 08, 2010 15:20 ET

Ministers Clement and MacKay Lead Delegation from Ready-to-Deal Canadian Companies to Lockheed Martin in Texas

FORT WORTH, TEXAS--(Marketwire - Dec. 8, 2010) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Industry, and the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, leading a delegation from over 60 Canadian companies, today attended an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Canadian sustainment conference in Fort Worth, Texas, hosted by Lockheed Martin and the Government of Canada. The conference is a critical next step in the global F-35 program and a forum for Canadian aerospace and defence companies to secure their role in the program's 40-year sustainment period. The ministers used the opportunity to visit Lockheed Martin's mile-long F-35 production facility to see Canadian technologies at work.

"Our government is committed to helping create high-quality, well-paying jobs for the men and women of our aerospace workforce across the country," said Minister Clement. "That's why we have joined this group of Canadian firms in support of their efforts to expand Canada's role in the global F-35 program." 

"The F-35 fighter jet will ensure the Air Force defends against the ever-changing threats of the 21st century," said Minister MacKay. "Whether at home or abroad, across vast distances and in harsh environmental conditions, the F-35 provides our men and women in uniform the highest probability of mission success and the highest probability that they will return home safely."

In the coming months, Lockheed Martin will be examining the F-35's sustainment needs. This will include contracts for diagnostics, prognostics, maintenance and training, which present significant opportunities for Canada's aerospace industry.

This conference provides Canadian companies with an opportunity to engage in direct dialogue with the F-35's prime contractor and demonstrate Canada's capabilities. Canadian industry has shown that it can provide best value and excellent quality, which has already resulted in more than $350 million in contracts for production work, with more to come. Canada's early engagement in the sustainment phase will help position Canadian companies as Lockheed Martin solidifies sustainment requirements for this program.

Canada is a world leader in the aerospace sector, which produces revenues of over $22 billion annually and employs approximately 80,000 skilled professionals in over 400 firms across the country. Many of these firms are already playing a big part in the JSF program and are already benefiting from contracts signed with Lockheed Martin. While at the production facility, the ministers had an opportunity to view several examples of the cutting-edge Canadian technology that is already in place on the moving production line as well as major made-in-Canada industrial components that are being integrated into the aircraft.

The global scope of the program stretches well beyond the 65 F-35 Lightning II aircraft that Canada has committed to purchasing, as deliveries to JSF partner nations could top 3,100 planes and orders from nations outside the partnership could push the total up to 5,000.

For more information on the JSF program, please visit the National Defence website (http://www.forces.gc.ca/site/pri/2/pro-pro/ngfc-eng.asp).

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Minister of Industry
    Lynn Meahan - Press Secretary
    613-995-9001
    or
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations
    613-943-2502